ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Babar Awan on Friday parted ways with the party and formally announced to join the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, ARY News reported.
Awan invited PTI leaders including the party chairman Imran Khan to an Iftar dinner where he announced to join the party. PTI Secretary General Jehangir Khan Tareen and Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar were also present.
He also announced to resign from the Senate, and said that he was in line with the vision of Imran Khan to bring change to the nation.
Imran Khan welcomed Babar Awan to the party. He said the youth were determined to bring change to the nation which is only possible when the institutions are strengthened. He lamented that institutions are being weakened which was also echoed by the Supreme Court.
He commended the role of the media for keeping a check on corruption and calling for accountability in the nation.
The PTI chief had said on Wednesday that Awan was expected to join the party. He said that he would also request Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed to join his party.
Awan was associated with the PPP for over two decades, but was not active in the party activities after reportedly developing differences with the party leadership. By the time Awan had curtailed distances from PTI and got closer to the Imran Khan becoming his counsel in several cases.
Awan was elected as senator in 2012 on PPP’s ticket and his term will expire in 2018. He also served as Law Minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani. Awan was present during the attack on Benazir Bhutto in Karachi on October 9, 2007, and then when she was assassinated in Rawalpindi on December 27.
It is to be mentioned here that many senior PPP leaders from Punjab have joined PTI recently. Earlier this month PPP leader from Sialkot Firdous Ashiq Awan and former federal minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal joined the party.