Imran Khan's PTI rules out alliance with Musharraf's party during upcoming elections
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has ruled out an electoral alliance with the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) headed by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
The decision came a day after Musharraf had urged Pakistanis in an interview to the Indian media to vote the PTI to power in the upcoming general elections, reports The Express Tribune.
According to Musharraf, the two mainstream political parties - Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) - have failed to deliver for decades.
"If the APML proceeds towards an electoral alliance, then we will definitely go with Imran Khan in the next general elections," Musharraf was quoted as saying.
The PTI leadership, however, reacted promptly.
"Former military chief Musharraf is living in a world of dreams when it comes to politics. APML's alliance with the PTI in the next general elections is next to impossible," PTI Information Secretary, Shafqat Mehmood said, adding that Musharraf has lost his support in Pakistan and his political career is now bleak.
APML leader Ahmed Raza Kasuri, on the other hand, insisted that his party was pursuing an alliance with those political parties which never came to power in past.
"We look to alliances with emerging political parties like PTI," Kasuri said.