ISLAMABAD –  Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab’s senior leader Firdous Ashiq Awan has joined Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday. 

Ms. Awan met PTI chairman Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence and announced support for the party. PTI Secretary General Jehangir Tareen was also present.

Earlier this month, she held meeting with PTI leader from Sialkot Usman Dar and announced unconditional support for joining the party, ARY News reported.

Ms. Awan was appointed Minister for Information and Broadcasting between 2011-2012 in the cabinet of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani. She has also been Minister for National Regulations and Services, and Population Welfare.

She was elected member of parliament from NA-111 Sialkot in 2002 on a PML-Q ticket, and later in 2008 on a PPP ticket. However, she was not victorious in the 2013 general elections.

She is the second prominent personality from Sialkot to join PTI. Earlier this month, Chaudhry Akhlaq, a close aide of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif who was associated with PML- N for over twenty-five years, also joined the PTI.

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