Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), on Thursday, denied allegations that he was leaving the PPP to join the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The jurist addressed a news conference at Zaman Park to confront the allegations that he was supposedly making ties with the PTI in exchange for a speculated caretaker premiership.
In response to rumours that he was leaving the PPP, he stated that the party is like a family to him. He did, however, also make it clear that Imran Khan, a former prime minister, is a friend of his.
As a member of PPP, Aitzaz declared, “I do not believe in this sort of political discussion where, if you have a political difference with someone, you start saying bad things [about them]. I’ve been a member of PPP for a very long time; I consider this party as my family.”
The PPP leader said, “I was also told to leave the party. There is no chance that I will leave PPP and join another party.”
He said that in 2007, he also received a message stating that a long march would leave Lahore on May 5 and that, if he didn’t drive the chief justice’s car, he would be made prime minister after Shaukat Aziz’s resignation.
There are differences of opinion, which is a democratic tradition, he said, adding that PPP is his party. “The PPP is the only national party in Pakistan that does not use religion for politics.”
He added that PPP has a culture and that there are internal differences.
In response to the statement, he made at Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Aitzaz stated he strongly believes that institutions shouldn’t get involved in political matters.