Imran Khan likely to tie-up with Musharraf

Islamabad: The political scene in Pakistan appears to be hotting up, with the cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan`s Tehrik-e-Insaf party indicating that it is open to an alliance with former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

The party`s new vice-chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said a decision on forming an alliance with Musharraf`s All Pakistan Muslim League will be taken in due course of time after considering circumstances. His comments come in the wake of political ripples triggered by the `memogate` scandal, which has put the country`s powerful army and the executives at loggerheads, leading to speculation of possibility of early polls and new political alignments.

Musharraf, who has been living outside Pakistan in self-exile since early 2009, recently announced he would return to the country later this month. Musharraf is expected to set the date for his homecoming while addressing a rally in Karachi by phone on January 8. During an interaction with the media in Multan On Sunday, Qureshi said: "People from every political party are joining the Tehrik-e-Insaf." The party is not "just a trend" as it represents "an ideology against the status quo", he said.

Qureshi further said that if all lawmakers of the main opposition PML-N decided to resign from parliament, the Pakistan People`s Party-led government would be left with no option but to call an early election. The Tehrik-e-Insaf, however, is in no hurry to gain power, said Qureshi, a former Foreign Minister who recently broke away from the PPP.