Naz Baloch joins PPP, parts ways with PTI

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Naz Baloch has joined the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Sunday.

Naz Baloch said, "It feels as if Iam back home".

She complained that PTI Chief Imran Khan is kept aloof from the woes of party workers whenever he visits Karachi.

She made this announcement during a press conference in Karachi alongside PPP's Faryal Talpur and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Shah. "All this happened when the PTI got itself changed while continuously raising the slogan of change".

She said that she did not want to indulge in mudslinging, but instead parted ways as she remained critical of the PTI for ignoring Karachi and the rest of the Sindh.

In terms of decisions within the party she said, "Male chauvinism is very open, women are not heard nor are in the decision making posts". She said it was certainly an unusual political phenomenon, which could astonish the people that someone who had been associated with Imran Khan had now chose to join the PPP. "This is no secret", she told a questioner.

Soon after defecting to PPP, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari welcomed Naz through the microblogging site.

Taking aim at the appointment of the same group of people at key party positions in the metropolis, she said it is no surprise that the party's support has reduced in the city.

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She said that PTI's organisational structure in Karachi and Sindh has been damaged, as it appears that the PTI was playing musical chairs with only four people who have been consistently appointed president of Karachi and Sindh on a rotation basis. "I even eulogized the services of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto during my time with the PTI", she said.

She said that owing to lack of attention by the leadership of PTI, the party had lost whatever mandate it had earned in Karachi in the last general elections.

Alluding to recent defections to the PTI in Punjab province, she said the ideological workers were upset because the people joining the party were neither the youth, nor care about the policies of Sindh.

He conceded that water was a serious issue of the province owing to which the Water Commission had authored its report as efforts were being made to ensure supply of clean potable water to dwellers of the province.

When asked about the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 that was repealed by the Sindh Assembly, the chief minister said: "After the 18th Amendment, provincial assemblies are mandated to make laws".

In this regard she cited the victory of PPP Senator Saeed Ghani who has won PS-114 by-election and said this had convinced her to join the PPP.

She said that she would continue doing the same under the leadership of the PPP.

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