Pakistan’s political landscape is witnessing new developments as Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), emerges as the most popular political figure, according to a recent opinion poll. Miftah Ismail, a prominent leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), shared these insights with The News on Wednesday, highlighting a potential shift in the country’s political dynamics.
Miftah Ismail, along with fellow politicians Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Mustafa Khokhar, is exploring the possibility of launching a new political party, signaling a potential realignment in the nation’s political arena. While no final decision has been made, the trio is actively considering this option.
In a surprising revelation, Miftah disclosed that their public opinion survey conducted in July this year indicated Imran Khan’s significant lead in popularity over other political leaders. This revelation has prompted them to explore the feasibility of forming a new political entity.
The discussions among Abbasi, Miftah, and Mustafa encompass not only the launch of a new political party but also engaging in public discourse and media discussions to gauge public sentiment on the matter. The trio aims to determine whether creating a new party is a viable and practical option.
Among the three, Mustafa Khokhar seems particularly enthusiastic about launching a new party, while Abbasi and Miftah remain undecided. However, they all agree that the current political landscape offers space for a new party, but the critical question remains whether they can attract sufficient support.
Through independent public opinion polling, the trio has assessed the popularity of various political parties and leaders. The results of these surveys have led them to conclude that there is a compelling need for a new political party.
One key strategy they are exploring is attracting voters who currently lean towards Imran Khan and PTI but are not staunch supporters. They believe that these voters, dissatisfied with other established parties like PML-N, may be inclined to support a new political alternative.
Khokhar, a former member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), left the party after making critical remarks about influential figures. Miftah Ismail faced estrangement from PML-N leadership for advocating different economic solutions than those endorsed by Ishaq Dar.
Abbasi, on the other hand, has been distancing himself from PML-N’s top leadership for several months. He declined the PML-N ticket for the upcoming elections and stepped down as senior vice-president after Maryam Nawaz was appointed as senior vice-president and chief organizer of PML-N.
Despite Maryam Nawaz’s attempts to persuade him to retain his position, Abbasi’s decision to part ways with PML-N appears imminent. This situation hints at a potential realignment of political affiliations as these leaders consider the possibility of a new political venture in Pakistan’s dynamic political landscape.