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Ex-PTI minister Ziaullah Afridi joins PPP

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Former Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) minister and MPA Ziaullah Afridi on Monday confirmed he was joining the PPP, DawnNews reported.

Afridi, who previously served as the provincial minister for mines and minerals, announced the move following a meeting with PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari at Zardari House in Islamabad.

PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi and PPP provincial president Humayun Khan were also present at the meeting.

Earlier this month, Afridi levelled allegations of corruption against KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and KP finance minister Muzafar Said and announced that he would soon stage a sit-in outside the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission (KPEC) offices in the provincial capital to force the anti-corruption body into acting against the two.

Afridi had also criticised PTI’s chief Imran Khan and Jamaat-i-Islami emir Sirajul Haq for not taking action against the CM and finance minister over the illegal appointment of the Bank of Khyber’s managing director.

The former minister said he had secured ‘solid’ evidence of the corrupt practices of the KP ruling parties and would soon make them public through media.

Afridi had also said that CM had established the KPEC just to victimise his political rivals.

In October 2016, Afridi was released on bail after having spent 15 months in prison.

He had been arrested by the KPEC on the charges of misusing authority and allowing illegal mining in various areas of the province.

While he was in detention, the PTI had suspended Afridi’s basic party membership.

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