LAHORE – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has announced appointment of veteran politician Javed Hashmi as president of the party.

Addressing a press conference at his Zaman Park residence on Monday, he said Central Executive Committee has taken the decision of giving high position in his party to Javed Hashmi.

On the occasion, Pakistan Democratic Party President Nawabzada Mansoor Ali Khan announced dissolving his party and its merger with PTI, saying both the parties have same thinking and aim of taking the country out of prevailing crises. Referring to the situation in the port city, Imran said those raising voice against extortion should be supported.

He said that the PPP came into power after striking a deal through NRO. He said both the PPP and the PML-N have understanding that was evident in the Senate elections. He said the parties were joining hands due to the fear of PTI’s tsunami.

Referring to the allegations of support from ISI Chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha, he said the tsunami should have subsided after his retirement but it was threatening the ruling parties with more intensity.

He said the tsunami was getting strength due to ‘achievements’ of the ruling parties. He said now it was clear which party has support from the ISI in the past. He said ISI played a role in 2002 elections and at that time he was also offered money.

He said the nation should know that which party was doing politics on money of taxpayers. He offered to give up politics if allegation of taking money from any institution was proved. He said the PTI was fighting the forces opposing change.

He vowed to make PTI a democratic party. He said JUI-F Chief Fazlur Rehman was the biggest hypocrite in the country. Opposing restoration of Nato supply line, he said position of PML-N would soon be clear on the issue. He said it was time to take the decision of coming out of the war on terror.

Meanwhile, Imran inaugurated formal launching a special platform Insaf Professional Forum (IPF) at a local hotel. Professionals from different fields including doctors, engineers, artists, designers, consultants and teachers participated in the ceremony.  Imran said PTI was the first party that would engage all segments of the society including women, youth and professionals and would make them participants of change in the country. He said membership campaign would start at the end of the month.

He promised that all proposals would be shared with the general public and on the basis of their feedback the PTI programs and policies would be finalized. He said this will start a new era in the politics of Pakistan, where every Pakistani will be a part of restoring Pakistan to its true glory.

Chairperson IPF Andleeb Abbas mentioned that forum was already working in Sindh and would be launched in every province.

Purpose of the forum is to enable professionals to make a contribution to the development of the country by sharing a platform that provides opportunities to interact, exchange and enable PTI to formulate policies based on world class expertise, merit and local relevance.

The aim of IPF is to engage, mobilise and activate different segments of professionals to create synergistic opportunities to learn from each other and develop deeper and broader vision.