LAHORE - Three Ghumman brothers who formerly held important public offices will join the PTI during a press conference with party Chairman Imran Khan at his residence today (Thursday).  Aslam Ghumman was an ex-brigadier of Pakistan Army who held positions of regional commander of the ISI Punjab and DG Anti-Corruption Establishment Punjab.

Aslam’s two younger brothers, Azeem Noori Ghumman and Nasir Ghumman, held the positions of provincial minister and tehsil nazim Sambrial (Sialkot) respectively.  However, all the three Ghummans were partners in Pervez Musharraf setup who is awaiting a trial under Article 6 of the Constitution for high treason.

PTI has become the largest political party of the country so far which absorbed maximum number of former allies of the dictator.   Meanwhile, demanding on-time conduct of the local government polls, the PTI Punjab chapter has warned the provincial government of staging protest demonstrations if it fails to hold elections on January 30 next year.  PTI provincial leaders including Ijaz Chaudhary, Dr Yasmin Rashid and Andleeb Abbas issued this warning at a party meeting on Thursday.  They claimed that Punjab government was trying to delay the local bodies’ elections, as they needed more time to establish their fake grip to hold the local polls on party-basis.   However, the PTI would not let the PML-N to steal the local elections at any cost, they said.  They said the delimitation process had been delayed because the provincial government was trying to manipulate every vote according to their own territorial preference.

They demanded that the process of delimitation should immediately be handed over to the election commission.

PTI leaders said PML-N, following the dynastic political trends like other traditional parties, wanted to restrict the power among their family members only.

Meanwhile, Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed, during a meeting with the visiting Indian journalists’ delegation, said PTI desired cordial ties with all its neighbours and resolution of issues with New Delhi through peaceful means.

However, he added, both the countries should take immediate measures to resolve the Kashmir issue which was a guarantee to restore permanent peace in the region.