ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has faced the worst setback of years as a complete lot of lawmakers from South Punjab have quit party and joined PTI today.
Nearly 20 lawmakers from South Punjab, who recently parted ways with the ruling party, joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday.
The announcement came as MNA Khusro Bakhtiar, who heads a group of national and provincial lawmakers, held a press conference alongside PTI chief Imran Khan.
"We presented our case for a separate province on April 9 and Imran Khan while presenting his 11-point agenda mentioned in his eighth point that South Punjab will be made into a separate province," Bakhtiar said while addressing the press conference.
"On April 29, under the shadow of Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore, Imran Khan promised to make a separate South Punjab province," he said.
Lamenting that the PML-N did not listen to their demands for a separate province, Bakhtiar asked, "Then who should we have gone to?"
"PPP also raised the slogan for a separate South Punjab province but failed to fulfil its promise," he said.
The former PML-N lawmaker continued, "Imran Khan and I have decided to join hands."