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The estranged PML-N lawmakers who had formed the Junoobi Punjab Suba Mahaz (JPSM) a month ago officially merged into the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday and will now contest the 2018 general elections under the PTI banner.

The two parties had reached an agreement a day earlier and made their merger official at a press conference in Islamabad today.

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JPSM president Khusro Bakhtiar said that the merger was made possible after the PTI included the formation of a new province in south Punjab in their election manifesto. Under the deal, the PTI is to set in motion the procedures to create a new province in south Punjab within 100 days if it forms the next government.

“We had presented our case in front of Pakistan just a month ago,” said Bakhtiar. “In just this one month, the party that will be the creator of a new Pakistan has not only added our demand for a separate province in south Punjab to its manifesto but also promised the same — not to us but to the people of Pakistan.”

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