NOWSHERA: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Sami (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq on Monday confirmed that his party had formed an alliance with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for the 2018 election adding that he and the PTI chief have similar views on many national, international issues.
He was talking to reporters in his hometown Akora Khattak. He further confirmed that a verbal agreement has been finalised between him and the PTI chief Imran Khan to form the electoral alliance. According to him, the Defence of Pakistan Council would also be a part of the alliance for the general election to be held in 2018.
Maulana Samiul Haq, head of the Darul Uloom Haqqania madrassa in Akora Khattak, Nowshera, said that more meetings are due to be held with the PTI chairman to plan out the future course of action.
According to Sami-ul-Haq, small parties of the MMA were supporting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which is one of the reasons why the JUI-S has decided to form an alliance with the PTI.
Maulana Samiul Haq said that he was grateful to KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak for bringing the JUI-S and PTI chief Imran Khan close to each other for the alliance.
According to reports, this alliance was made possible due to the one-on-one meeting between Pervez Khattak and Maulana Samiul Haq at Darul Uloom Haqqania in Akora Khattak. It is also being said that according to the agreement between Imran Khan and Sami-ul-Haq, representation will be given to the JUI-S as per its strength in the national and provincial assemblies and in Senate— in case of winning the upcoming election.
According to these reports, PTI might be planning on making alliances with other political parties in Punjab to challenge the ruling PML-N there.