Election prep: PTI to establish Central Secretariat in Lahore

Published: December 5, 2012

The party has rented a bungalow along the Canal, which will house the offices of the chairperson, vice chairpersons and other key party leaders. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is to shift its Central Secretariat from Islamabad to Lahore so that it can prepare for the elections and counter criticism from its opponents, The Express Tribune has learnt.

The party has rented a bungalow along the Canal, which will house the offices of the chairperson, vice chairpersons and other key party leaders. The new office is expected be functional by mid-December.

The Central Secretariat, said PTI officials, will monitor political activities and devise the party’s strategy for the elections. The Central Executive Committee will also convene its meetings in the new office.

Party leaders hope that the shifting of the secretariat will also signal a shift in the political outreach of the party.

Ejaz Chaudhry, the central vice president, said Imran Khan had taken the decision because “Lahore is the hub of political activities”. He said the move made sense because the party’s central media cell was already functioning out of Lahore.

Central Information Secretary Shafqat Mehmood said the party’s central office was being shifted to launch an effective election campaign.

Political analyst Amjad Nawaz Warriach said the PTI had been criticised by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz for setting up its central office in Islamabad. He said a Lahore-based central office would help the PTI counter the PML-N’s criticism “since the chairperson will be there to guide them”.

He described Lahore as the “trendsetter in the country’s politics”. He said the PTI’s central secretariat in Lahore was “a big threat to the Sharifs”.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (28)

  • xyz
    Dec 5, 2012 - 7:16AM

    very good step

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 5, 2012 - 7:21AM

    After elections this house will become “Bhoot Bangla”.Recommend

  • Kamran Naqvi
    Dec 5, 2012 - 9:00AM

    Clearly PTI is copying PML-N… Having HQ in Lahore proves that PTI has to target one & only party I.e., PML-N.
    Down with PTI (Pasha Tehrik-e-Intaqam) and Vote for PML-N !!

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  • Bilal
    Dec 5, 2012 - 9:02AM

    there you go !!

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  • nahmed
    Dec 5, 2012 - 9:48AM

    Good move.

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  • Dec 5, 2012 - 10:30AM

    Good Move.

    Source of propaganda against PTI is in Lahore.

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  • Falcon
    Dec 5, 2012 - 10:35AM

    Interesting. PTI moving to the hub of PMLN…its time for Sharif brothers to buckle up…tsunami is coming!

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  • Megatron
    Dec 5, 2012 - 10:43AM

    Would appreciate if PTI can ask their Karachi candidates to start contacting people for upcoming elections…We want change i.e. PTI.

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  • Atif Yousufzai
    Dec 5, 2012 - 11:53AM

    Good strategy to counter conspiracy theories originating from Punjab House and Raiwand Palace.

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  • Saleem
    Dec 5, 2012 - 12:12PM

    Do not spend too much money PTI. At best your part will get between 10 and 20 seats in the election.

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  • Fahd
    Dec 5, 2012 - 12:47PM

    @ Ch. Allah Daad: Of course, as pti will be in government inshAllah.

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  • Born Political
    Dec 5, 2012 - 1:01PM

    I think i have seen this, and it may further block traffic in that route. Political parties must not be allowed to make offices within residential areas like that. (Its near canal view)

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  • Careless Whispers
    Dec 5, 2012 - 1:05PM

    In my humble opinion that wont make a bit difference, PML-N way to strong.. the current election result is the proof… it was basically 3(PML-Q, PPP, PTI) againt PML-N .. and look at the out come….. the :)

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  • ali
    Dec 5, 2012 - 1:34PM

    PTI leaders unable to learn from mistakes and naive politics. PTI ship is about to sink.

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  • Azeem Aslam
    Dec 5, 2012 - 1:39PM

    Goof effort towards real democracy.

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  • PakJam
    Dec 5, 2012 - 1:59PM

    @Kamran Naqvi: Once a Patwari… always a Patwari… Please think different as Lahore has become rotten and stagnant because of this Patwari mindset and Lahoris are fed up of this Kashmiri brand of Patwari-ism. We PTI will bring back Lahore to its old glory and keep it as Grand Lahore rather than European Paris. PMLN is and always has beena party of short lived cheers and believe me it will die out just like that. PTI will prevail InshaAllah!

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  • Ahmed
    Dec 5, 2012 - 2:05PM

    I have a question for PTI and its supporters that if PTI wants to bring change in Pakistan or just wants to target PMLN. Why they do not have presence in Karachi or otehr parts of Sindh; Not that much active in KPK and Balochistan? It seems that they are working on one-point agenda to destro the vote bank of PMLN and give PPP hope of re-election.

    PTI did take part in Elections in Sahiwal (their candidate posing as independent in records only but he was supported by PTI and even a thread is opened at Insaf.pk website to discuss/support him) but did not had courage to own the results.

    Its time for PTI to decide that whats their agenda Pakistan or PMLN. If PTI is targetting PMLN then it means that PMLN is still bigger then themselves.

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  • Born Political
    Dec 5, 2012 - 2:08PM

    @PakJam, you dont have any substance in any of your lines, any of your words. Poetic trolling.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Dec 5, 2012 - 3:51PM

    This news is just about enough for PTI to stay barely afloat in the news and in the process, keep their Troll Posse and Cult following Sheep Herd satisfied.

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  • S Abid
    Dec 5, 2012 - 3:57PM

    @ahmed and all other who want to know why PTI is concentrating on Lahore and PML-N. My frineds it is simple, PTI considers only PML-N as its rival which can give it a fight (as PPP has almost demolished itself in Punjab) and as PML-N is 90% concentrated in Punjab,it is but natural to attack PML-N in its heart to win over Punjab which has 148 seats (more than half the total seats of NA). While PTI it is very strong in KPK (as per multiple survyes), since last more than 5 years. It is in Punjab where it has got ground during the last 2 to 3 years due to bad governance of sitting governments of PPP and PML-n and PML-N supporting PPP at all costs. In Sindh, PTI does not have much expectation except for few seats from mostly urban areas. PPP is very strong in rural areas whereas MQM is still strong in urban area (if not politically than atleast physically :) to give seats to PTI that is why PTI is rightly focusing where it can get most seats.

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  • Nadeem
    Dec 5, 2012 - 4:46PM

    Well I can see PTI copying PMLN for the first time. Is this beginning of a trend?

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  • Saima Jabeen
    Dec 5, 2012 - 5:18PM

    PTI is the greatest helper of PPP. Very bad role being played by PTI. Allah bless PML(N).Recommend

  • Kamran
    Dec 5, 2012 - 6:18PM

    I wish if they move to Karachi! I love to see them here. Karachi also want change.

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  • Rajab
    Dec 5, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Sunammi Please come to Karachi to save us, we are burning every day. No one in Sindh can save us may be you the saviour to us. We will give you more love here than to Lahorei love, trust us.

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  • Falcon
    Dec 5, 2012 - 7:43PM

    @Rajab:
    Don’t worry. Asad Umar is leading the election campaign and his home ground is Karachi…so you will see mass contact campaign starting in Karachi soon.

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  • Taimoor
    Dec 5, 2012 - 8:30PM

    Bunch of Noora’s agreeing with each other doesn’t mean they have won squat. You know the military is going to kick these idiots back to Saudi Arabia.

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  • Kamran Naqvi
    Dec 5, 2012 - 8:45PM

    PTI (Pasha Tehrik-e-Intiqam) had to move out of Islamabd after the retirement of its benefactor General Pasha. PTI, PML-Q & PPP are all the same. All of these establishment protégés have only one target: PML-N.
    Vote for PML-N to get rid of these conspiracies forever!!

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  • Abid Khan
    Dec 5, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Abb mazaa ayee ga. Good step in the right direction. Lahore is already center of politics and strong hub of PTI.

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