ISLAMABAD - Omar Ayub Khan, a former state minister during the regime of General (retired) Pervez Musharraf Saturday joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf after meeting with the party chief Imran Khan.

A statement issued by the PTI said that Ayub expressed complete confidence in the party leadership and the PTI’s manifesto in the meeting.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak was also present in the meeting.

Omer Ayub served as the Minister of State for Finance between 2004 to 2007.

He joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in 2012 and lost election of National Assembly seat from the PTI’s candidate Dr Amir Zaman from his home constituency (NA-19) during 2013 general elections.

Later, he was declared winner after re-polling at some polling stations.

In 2015, after  a long legal battle over the NA-19, the election of that constituency was declared null and void by the Supreme Court and by-election was announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). 

On this, Omar Ayub, the grandson of former military ruler, announced not to contest citing poor health of his mother.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Saturday said that his party would win in one on one contest with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in the Punjab in the next general elections.

Khan said this, while addressing the party’s central executive committee (CEC) meeting, here at a local hotel.

The meeting was convened primarily to discuss matters related to ongoing membership drive of the party.

Addressing the participants, Khan said that the party would definitely learn its lesson from the defeat it faced in recently held by-elections in Lodhran and mistakes would not be repeated, while selecting candidates in the 2018 general elections.

Khan indirectly admitted that a wrong candidate was selected for the Lodhran by-election.

He said that the PTI parliamentary board would soon start their work for finalisation of the party candidates.

Khan rejected allegations of misuse of KP government resources (helicopters) saying in the last five years, he never benefitted even once using resources of his party’s government in the KP.

He said that the PTI would bring to light the mega corruption scandals of the Punjab and the federal government and for that purpose an anti-corruption committee had been established.