Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan, addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Karachi, said that he is in touch with Aamir Liaquat Hussain and other “opinion makers”.
“I am in touch with Aamir Liaquat and met some other opinion makers yesterday,” Khan said when asked about the former prominent Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) member.
News of Hussain joining Imran Khan’s party started making rounds after PTI leader Faisal Javed Khan took to Twitter on Tuesday evening, saying, “Dr. Aamir Liaquat to announce joining PTI at a press conference on October 25 in Karachi.”
While usually active on Twitter, the controversial TV host and former MQM leader has remained silent on joining PTI.
While speaking to Dawn.com, PTI’s Imran Ismail acknowledged that Hussain has approached the party.
“He has a following, there is an advantage. He would be useful for any party and will be useful in the election,” said Ismail when asked about whether PTI would consider including Hussain, who has been embroiled in a number of controversies since he emerged as a popular media personality, to its fold.
“If he joins [PTI], he needs to adhere to the party lines. If he does join — and I’m not confirming that he is — and if he crosses a line, we will tell him to hold his horses.”
Hussain, in August, 2016, had parted ways with MQM, saying at the time that he would be leaving politics. Prior to his announcement, Hussain was taken into custody from his office on I.I. Chundrigar Road and later released by the Rangers after overnight detention.
He was also previously affiliated with the party, and had been expelled from MQM in 2008 for violating party policy.