Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) President Abdul Aleem Khan shrugged off reports about seat adjustments with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the general elections on Friday.
Expressing his thoughts in Lahore, Aleem Khan said: "We do not have taken the matter regarding the seat adjustment with the PML-N in the CEC. We will take the decision after getting permission from the party's CEC".
Aleem Khan said, "If anybody is willing to talk with us [IPP], then they will also be ready to talk. There is nothing wrong with forming alliances in politics. However, the practice of converting the political differences into personals should be avoided."
Reacting to PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif's meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, the IPP president said, "It is good to see that Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain."
He made it clear that Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with IPP patron-in-chief Jahangir Khan Tareen to inquire after the latter. "Now Jahangir Khan Tareen has reached to meet Shehbaz Sharif. Such meetings embrace the goodwill gesture and are not about discussing any specific agenda," Aleem Khan said.
Speaking about the possibility of seat adjustment with the Pakistan Peoples Party, Aleem Khan said: "The PPP has not contacted us about opting for the seat adjustment.
He underscored the importance of uplifting democracy for the sake of the country's economy and security.
Recalling the events that transpired on May 9, Aleem Khan said: "There is no room for negotiating with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) after the May 9 vandalism."
He took a jibe at the former PTI chief, saying, "The former PTI chief was interested in sending the opponents to jail during his tenure. The PTI had harmed the country. The former PTI chairman should face the cases against him."
The IPP president talked about the newly-appointed PTI chief, Barrister Gohar. "I have never met Barrister Gohar. He was part of the PPP, and I had nothing to do with the PPP," Aleem Khan maintained.