In what would be damning for not only the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) but also key Punjab players among others, sugar baron Jahangir Khan Tareen is likely to soon join the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).
According to PPP senior leader Shehla Raza, Tareen has met JDW chairperson and veteran PPP politician Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood.
“Next week he will also meet former president Asif Ali Zardari in Karachi. I believe during this meeting he will announce quitting the PTI and joining the PPP along with his companions,” she tweeted.
Tareen, a former aide and close friend of Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan, has been at odds with the premier ever since the government went after him and his family members during the sugar crisis probe.
The development comes days after registration of cases against Tareen and his son by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was reported.
If Tareen does join the PPP, it could mean a severe blow to the PTI in Punjab where it is said to be in power only due to the support Tareen garnered for incumbent Chief Minister (CM) Usman Buzdar.
The claims, however, have reportedly been rubbished by Tareen.
He was quoted by journalist Adil Shahzeb.