PTI set to heal rift on women wing shakeup

Problems regarding the nomination of the district council representatives, especially the district president


Asad Zia December 04, 2016

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to resolve disputes regarding restructuring of its women’s wing in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

MNA Sajida Zulfiqar, who was assigned the task of reformatting the party’s women’s wing in the last week of November, told The Express Tribune that all appointments and nominations would be made on the basis of merit.

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She said that she had been asked by the party’s top leadership to expedite the selection process and identify deserving and educated candidates.

PTI’s intra-party elections were delayed because of differences among the party’s leaders and workers in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Interestingly, office-bearers of PTI women’s wing had expressed reservations on the selection of a blue-eyed person on the post of regional president of the women’s wing.

Party workers had also moved to block nominations of regional presidents, criticising the party’s hierarchy for superseding deserving candidates.

The move was also opposed by 40 members of the Peshawar district council, who declined to accept the appointment of the president of a Peshawar Town.

PTI’s Peshawar district president Jehandad Khan issued a notification on November 28, nominating Irfan Saleem as a general secretary, Meena Khan as president and Kishwar Zaman as senior vice-president of Town-One.

The notification created resentment among the members of the district council, who decided to move a vote of no-confidence against the district Nazim.

The members also urged the party’s central leadership and Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to reverse the district president’s nomination, which they termed “a biased decision”.

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Similarly, office-bearers of the PTI’s provincial women’s wing and a number of lawmakers of the provincial assembly informed their central command that women workers of the party remained at the forefront during the sit-ins but they were being ignored in the nomination process.

Problems regarding the nomination of the district council representatives, especially the district president, Jehandad Khan, and district Nazim Asim Khan, still persist over the alleged faulty nomination process.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2016.

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