PTI, PML-N face increasing pressure to finalise candidates

Published: April 1, 2013

PTI and PML-N delay finalisation of candidatesfor their Rawalpindi seat. PHOTO: FILE

RAWALPINDI: Various issues plaguing the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), both vying for seats in Rawalpindi, have delayed the finalisation of their candidates to contest the forthcoming elections in the garrison city.

Talking to The Express Tribune, PTI North Punjab President Sadaqat Ali Abbasi said a parliamentary committee comprising four members had been constituted to help the party finalise names and negotiate seat adjustments with the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI).

“We have reservations as the JI is demanding more than it deserves,” said Abbasi.

Abbasi added that the PTI would negotiate seat adjustments on the condition that JI would not make alliances with other parties.

The PTI has thrown its support behind Sheikh Rashid Ahmed’s in NA-55 after Ahmed withdrew his nomination papers for NA-56.

While claiming that the PTI would do its best to bar corrupt politicians from contesting elections, Abbasi said it was up to district organisations to raise an objection.

PML-N is facing its own issues. An office bearer wishing to remain anonymous said leaders have not considered party workers as potential candidates.

“District President Sardar Naseem’s awarding of a party ticket to contest elections should be looked into by the central leadership” he said.

Playing down the competition between PML-N and the PTI, former MNA Malik Abrar said the latter had no vote bank in Rawalpindi, minimising potential threats to the former.

“We will focus on constituencies where our position is strongest, and distribute the votes of other parties in the remaining ones,” said a party leader.

As many as 614 candidates have filed nomination papers in the Rawalpindi Division against seven national assembly and 14 provincial assembly seats.  Prominent candidates include former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, former opposition leader Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and Shakeel Awan.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2013.

Reader Comments (2)

  • non political
    Apr 1, 2013 - 5:13PM

    Copied with excuse from jiye butto:According to a new survey by Gallup Pakistan (which has no affiliation with Gallup USA) PTI has 14% popularity because of massive corruption done by PTI government in past 5 years. PPP has 24% popularity because of its above average performance in Sindh and PMLN is at 41% popularity because it has conducted internal party elections at grass-root level, has clean leadership without a single case of corruption and also played a vital role as a strong opposition party against corrupt PTI government. Congratulations to all Pakistanis, PTI’s corrupt rule is about to end, next government will be formed by PMLN and PPP to bring real change in Pakistan. Thanks to Gallup Pakistan’s head Ijaz Shafi Gillani (who served as Advisor to Prime Minister / Chairman of PM’s Committee for Research & Analysis 1991-1993) for conducting this survey.
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  • Apr 1, 2013 - 8:55PM

    It is a healthy sign that major parties have more than one candidate for a constituency. Best candidate should be selected for party nomination. Other contenders should support the party ticket holder in the best interest of their parties. They can have their turns in upcoming elections, if the previous selection did not deliver.

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