Elections: PTI works out seat adjustment in Bahawalpur

Published: March 26, 2013

File photo of PTI Chairman Imran Khan during a rally in Lahore. PHOTO: ABID NAWAZ/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The grandson of Nawab Muhammad Farid Khan Nawabzada Salahud Din and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan worked out a seat adjustment plan in Bahawalpur for the upcoming elections, reported Express News on Tuesday.

The alliance came after a disappointing turnout of relations between Nawab Salahud Din and the Awami National Party (ANP).

Salahud Din joined ANP during a public meeting at Shergarh Manshera on July 11 last year.

Salahud Din, who was lobbying for the creation of Tanawal district, was promised by then Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) chief minister Amir Haider Hoti that a new district will be carved out if he joins the party. Hoti had said this knowing that ANP has a nominal vote bank in the Pakhtun areas of Hazara.

Despite Hoti’s announcement, the Tanawal district never became a reality, leaving Salahud Din disappointed and reducing his political space.

Salahud Din was pushing the ANP to establish a presence in a district that had always opposed the party. He finally turned to the PTI leadership after the Gul brothers from Torghar switched from Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) to PTI.

Commenting on the movement of politicians from PTI to Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N), Imran Khan said “I wont criticize Nawaz today, instead I want to thank him. He has taken all the corrupt people from our party to his own. I thank him“.

“We will leave our seats but we will not give a ticket to a corrupt politician”, he went on to say.

PTI is also in talks with the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) for possible seat adjustments in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Nadir
    Mar 26, 2013 - 3:06PM

    And the nawab of Bahawalpur does not represent a feudal, landlord mindset?

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  • eyeing propaganda
    Mar 26, 2013 - 3:06PM

    So PTI is in the game folks !!

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  • zia
    Mar 26, 2013 - 3:13PM

    Great news, indeed!

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  • Baloch Insafian
    Mar 26, 2013 - 3:14PM

    LOL! When was Nawab Salahuddin part of ANP?
    Seriously ET… How Ignorant of you, He was Salahuddin Tanoli not Nawab Salahuddin!

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  • Asif Nawaz
    Mar 26, 2013 - 3:18PM

    Great move indeed. Btw ET, Why you act as an investigating Agency when the news is about PTI alone.

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  • Independent
    Mar 26, 2013 - 3:19PM

    Khan is showing political maturity, seat adjustment with Nawabzada Salahud Din will win him seats against JUI-F and also send clear message that they are not in isolation.

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  • saeed
    Mar 26, 2013 - 3:21PM

    What ANP has to do with Bahwalpur..I think there is a big mistake in this article…

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  • Jadoon
    Mar 26, 2013 - 3:23PM

    @ Express Tribune
    Please do some research before publishing such stories. Have a look at it again. The Nawab of Bahawalpur didn’t want the creation of Tanawal.

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  • asad
    Mar 26, 2013 - 3:27PM

    lol ANP in bahawalpur? Dear tribune this Nawabzada salahuddin is cheif of BNAP bahawalpur national awami party and he was never part of ANP of KPK … that one is nawabzada salahuddin saeed khan of mansehra … kindly fire ur field reporter or editor

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  • Naeem
    Mar 26, 2013 - 3:33PM

    Certainly a very good move by PTI. Khan sahib is now getting serious. Wish you all the best.

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  • Mar 26, 2013 - 3:46PM

    If IK doing seat adjustment it mean other parties can give ticket to corrupt person. I suggest he should have decided to contest with his member on every seat.

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  • Muneeb
    Mar 26, 2013 - 3:55PM

    HAhahahah ANP in Bahawalpur? All i remember is a joint press conference with Ch Shujaat in the recent past by Mr. Salhauddin Abbasi for the creation of BWP province and not ANP

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  • anam
    Mar 26, 2013 - 3:57PM

    When did Bahawalpur become part of KPK??? Hoti is authorized to carve a new district in Bahawalpur????? ET is terrible

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  • Serendipity
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:09PM

    Nawal Salah ud din of Bhawalpur is different from Salah uddin Saeed Khan, the later is the head of Tanolis and former prince of State of Amb

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  • Usman Jilani
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:16PM

    Nawabzada Salahuddin Saeed Tanoli, son of the Nawab of State of Amb, mansehra…..
    Different from Nawabzada Salahuddin of Bahawalpur….

    Tanoli joined ANP for creation tanwal district and has now left ANP and joined PTI… while Nawab of bahawalpur has agreed on seat adjustment..

    Editors make correction.

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  • Azhar
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:21PM

    @ Express Tribune

    Nawabzada Salahuddin who is mentioned in this article is from Amb (Tanawal) and has no link with Bahawalpur. His father Nawab Muhammad Saeed Khan was the last Nawab of Amb.

    I think your reporter has mixed him up with Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi of Bahawalpur.

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  • Mar 26, 2013 - 4:23PM

    People join us because of our VISION: IMRAN KHAN
    Now!!! Where is the VISION of PTI???

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  • Saima Altaf
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:31PM

    Great news… Congrats pti…. We need such alliances with honest people… Do people know why all electables are leaving party and joining status quo parties… All due to intra party elections in pti which did not let these electables secure key party positions.. IK did not worry, let them leave the party for the sake of his principles… Bravo IK

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  • osama
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:31PM

    lolz @ tribune. hahahahaha

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  • Ali
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:32PM

    BlockquoteCommenting on the movement of politicians from PTI to Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N), Imran Khan said “I wont criticize Nawaz today, instead I want to thank him. He has taken all the corrupt people from our party to his own. I thank him“.
    Blockquote

    Why did you take them in the first place? Or is PTI a laundry machine where everyone is clean as long as one stays there!?

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  • Asif Nawaz
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:37PM

    @Ali:
    He didn’t give them the tickets. Its a political party, anyone can join, but only the deserving candidates will be given the PTI ticket.

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  • Ibrahim
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:13PM

    Well done Khan sahib…its another wicket down for PML N :)

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  • Tayyab
    Mar 26, 2013 - 7:38PM

    I will not lie to you
    I will not take make alliances to get in power
    I will not fool people for votes in name of new provinces

    I believe these were the words of some pti leader on 23rd march

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  • Ayesha Bhaalay
    Mar 27, 2013 - 6:12AM

    Oh man. I’ve seen Najam Sethi’s shows but you guys should read Javed Chaudry’s 21 oct 2008 column on Express news e-paper site. Some really shocking stuff about Mr. Sethi.

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  • Ali
    Mar 27, 2013 - 10:25AM

    @Asif Nawaz:

    Are “electables” like Ejaz Jazi going to be given the ticket once again? :P. Btw none of the people who left PTI for N have been given tickets so far either!

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  • Asif Nawaz
    Mar 27, 2013 - 12:45PM

    @Ali:
    Who said anything about N League, or you feeling too insecure. Guess, cat came out of the bag itself. I rest my case :D

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 27, 2013 - 2:04PM

    Khan Sahb I think corrupt people are still in your party, think again before giving them tickets.

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