:A new political party named ‘Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party’ (IPP) was launched here in Lahore on Thursday with a promise to bring stability in the country.

Flanked by several former stalwarts of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), patron-in-chief of newly launched IPP Jahangir Khan Tareen said that they will bring their reforms agenda soon. Addressing an important presser while launching the party, Tareen said that he had joined politics only to serve this country. “I am not a traditional politician as I entered in the politics quite late. I was very hopeful to bring reforms in this country when I joined PTI,” Tareen said. He further added that he served PTI with great passion and struggled a lot to strengthen the party after 2013. Our primary purpose was to bring reforms but unfortunately it couldn’t happen and people lost the hope due to our failure. “We were supposed to correct our crippling economy, to improve relations with the foreign world and to do accountability but we couldn’t do anything in this regard,” said Tareen, who used to be once a close confidant of PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister.

In his maiden presser as patron-in-chief of newly launched IPP, Tareen said that he along with his all fellows wants to put his efforts to resolve all the problems that have plagued Pakistan. “We all really want to heal the wounds of this country by promoting unity, stability and tolerance,” said Tareen while adding that this nation desperately needs hope at this time. This nation needs such leadership that can give it the narrative of hope and we are ready to serve this country, he added. He was of the view that Pakistan will only progress if both the government and opposition will realize their constitutional responsibilities.

Talking about the tragic incidents of 9th May, Jahangir Tareen said that the culprits, planners and handlers of the saddest day must be booked at any cost. The day of 9th May has changed the political discourse of Pakistan. “They entered the residences belonging to the Pak Army. They attacked the military installations and ransacked the fighter jet of M.M.Alam,” Tareen said and added that they don’t deserve any mercy while facing the law. He was of the view that the mob must be treated with the iron hand. According to Tareen, the politics of last few years has really damaged the social fabric of our society and there is a dire need to correct all these misdeeds. Tareen further disclosed that more people will also join the party in days to come and they all will be heavyweights with huge vote bank in their respective constituencies. “We’ll safeguard the rights of youth, women and minorities with the support of our people,” Tareen said. He also vowed to bring reforms in agriculture, economy, exports and IT industry of the country.Earlier, addressing the crowded press conference, founding leader of IPP Abdul Aleem Khan said that the aim of this party is to bring the judiciary, establishment and parliament on the same page for the development of the country. He said that the 9th May was the darkest day in the history of Pakistan. “We all decided to gather on one platform after the incidents of May 9. We made a contact with all our former colleagues and decided to form a new political party,” said Aleem Khan.

He termed Tareen as his elder brother and said that it is just due to the political vision of Tareen that they all are sitting here together. Aleem Khan was of the view that they all spent more than a decade at one platform to build a ‘New Pakistan’ but unfortunately it wasn’t achieved. “The chaos is pushing this country backward and solution to the problems of Pakistan only lies in stability,” said Aleem Khan. He further added that there is a need to build a stable and strengthened Pakistan in which people, judiciary, parliament and establishment will be at one page. “We’ll be at one platform for the progress of Pakistan under the leadership of Jahangir Tareen,” said Aleem Khan amid huge sloganeering.

Among the personalities who were present on the occasion of the announcement of the formation of the party were Aamir Kayani, Fayyazul Hasan Chauhan, Malik Khurram, Fawad Chaudhry, Raja Yawar Kamal from Rawalpindi Division, Dr. Firdosh Ashiq Awan, Rana Nazir, Memon Jafar Tariq, Peer. Saeed-ul-Hasan Shah, Umair Nazir from Gujranwala Division, Khalid Mahmood, Javed Anwar Awan, Mian Jalil Sharqpuri, Rai Aslam, Murad Ras, Amin Chaudhry, Shoaib Siddiqui, Mian Khalid from Lahore Division, Sheikh Muhammad Yaqub, Ajmal Cheema, Chaudhry Ali Akhtar. , Chaudhry Zaheeruddin, Mian Waris, Mian Kashif, Chaudhry Ashfaq, Faisal Jabwana from Faisalabad Division, Maher Mohsin Raza, Saeed Nawani, Rashid Akbar, Malik Ameer Haider Sangha, Mian Anwar Khurshid from Sargodha Division, Dewan Akhlaq, Dewan Azmat, Mehrarshad Kathia, Chaudhry Noreez Shakoor, Muhammad Shah Khagha, Numan Langriyal from Sahiwal Division, Mubin Bukhari, Tahseen Nawaz Gardizi, Jahanzeb Warren from Bahawalpur Division, Abdul Hai Dasti, Niaz Gashkuri, Rafafat Ali Geelani, Sardar Qaiser Magsi, Chaudhry Ishaq from Diji Khan Division, Qasim Langha , Zaheeruddin Khan, Ali Zai, Mian Tariq Abdullah Shazia Abbas, Malik Akram Khan, Ejaz Janjua, Imran Parvez Dhal, Mujtabaat Maitla from Multan Division and Nazir Baloch from Lodhran were present.

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