Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi has dismissed Jahangir Tareen’s Istihkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) as “dead on arrival” shortly after its recent launch. Speaking to journalists outside an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore, Qureshi shared his views on the newly established political faction, which mainly consists of former PTI members.
Qureshi compared Tareen’s party to a patient pronounced “dead on arrival” in the emergency ward of a hospital, indicating his belief that the launch of the party had little chance of success. He described it as a launch that was destined to fail from the beginning.
Qureshi made these remarks after appearing before the ATC to request bail in a case related to road obstruction and delivering incendiary remarks. The court granted interim bail to Qureshi until June 27, preventing the police from taking him into custody until that date. The court also sought details of records related to Qureshi’s case from the police for the next hearing, while ordering his involvement in the probe.
Earlier in the week, Jahangir Tareen officially announced the formation of his new political party, Istihkam-e-Pakistan Party. He expressed his intention to contribute to the betterment of the country through politics and stated that the country needed strong political leadership to address various issues, including social and economic challenges.
Tareen’s party consists of politicians who had previously left PTI during a wave of departures from the party, including notable figures such as Fawad Chaudhry, Ali Zaidi, and Imran Ismail. These departures followed the exits of prominent PTI members, leading to a significant reshaping of the political landscape within the Imran Khan-led party.