Lahore: Former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who recently quit the ruling Pakistan People's Party, on Wednesday said he was yet to decide on an offer to join the main opposition PML-N party.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, Qureshi said he would make an announcement about his political future at a rally to be held at Ghotki in Sindh province on November 27.
Asked which political party he planned to join, Qureshi said, "The PML-N's leadership invited me to join them but I told them that I will announce my final decision during the public rally in Ghotki".
He said Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan too had invited him to join that party. Qureshi alleged the government was creating hurdles in organising a rally at Ghotki.
"I selected a place to conduct the rally but the local administration didn't permit me to do so. Later I selected another place but the officials are not permitting me to go ahead," he said.
The former minister recently resigned from both the PPP and the parliament and launched a scathing attack on President Asif Ali Zardari, saying he was acting against Pakistan’s national interest.
Responding to a question, Qureshi described Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani's resignation as a correct step and said it would help authorities to probe the memo that was allegedly sent by the government to former US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen.
He urged the government to probe the serious issue on merit and to take action against those involved in drafting the memo.
He said he had told the PML-N's leadership that he had resigned from the PPP because the government had "failed to govern well". He said it was the need of the hour that the entire political leadership should develop consensus on tackling Pakistan's problems.
"I recommend that an independent Election Commission should be formed to conduct free, fair and transparent elections.
This Election Commission should be monitored by the superior judiciary and I will request the Chief Justice to play his role in this regard," he said.
Pakistan needs an interim political set-up that could oversee free and fair elections, he said.