PTI picks 75 candidates for Sindh poll battle

Published: June 15, 2018
PTI workers. PHOTO: FILE

PTI workers. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD .: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday announced its candidates for 24 National and 51 provincial assembly seats in Sindh.

The candidates were finalised during the party’s parliamentary board meeting chaired by PTI chief Imran Khan in Bani Gala. The party has finalised candidates for 17 out of a total of 21 NA constituencies.

Khan will contest general elections from NA-243 constituency of Karachi. Other party ticket holders to contest from Karachi are Dr Arif Alvi on NA-247, Ali Haider Zaidi on NA-244, Faisal Wada on NA-249. Liaqat Ali Jatoi will contest on NA-234 constituency of Dadu.

PTI has decided some 31 seats out of the 44 Sindh Assembly seats in Karachi.

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Haleem Adil Sheikh will be the party’s candidate from PS-99, Imran Ismael from PS-111 and Firdous Shamim Naqvi from PS-101.

PTI spokesperson said that the parliamentary board will decide and announce candidates for other constituencies soon.

The party on Thursday closed receiving review applications from party leaders and loyalists over award of tickets in their respective constituencies.

Earlier, party workers were asked to submit appeals if they think ticket had been given out of merit.

“PTI chief will himself review all the appeals and announce the decision,” the spokesperson added.

In Punjab, PTI has finalised candidates for 112 National Assembly seats from Punjab out of a total of 141 NA constituencies. Similarly, some candidates for 185 seats have been finalised out of 297 provincial assembly seats.

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In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), the party has announced candidates for 31 out of total 39 National Assembly seats while tickets have been given for 81 provincial assembly seats out of a total of 99.

PTI has decided candidates for 10 out of 16 National Assembly seats in Balochistan while ticket holders for 23 out of 51 Balochistan Assembly seats have also been announced.

With regards to Islamabad, all the three NA constituencies are finalised, while in Fata candidates for seven NA constituencies have been announced out of a total of eight seats.

The party has received a review petition from its workers from the federal capital over nomination of Imran Khan as party’s candidate from NA-53.

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The review appeal has been filed by activists challenging decision of the party’s parliamentary board over ticket allotment to Imran Khan from NA-53.

Workers in the appeal have said that PTI leader Ilyas Meharban was declared as best candidate for upcoming general elections, according to popularity survey carried out in NA-53.

Earlier, the ticket for the NA-53 was given to Khan’s close aide Amir Mehmood Kiyani. “Upon our protest on social media, the parliamentary board revisited its decision and Kiyani was accommodated and given ticket for NA-61 (Rawalpindi). However, the parliamentary board announced to field Imran Khan instead of Ilyas Meharban from NA-53 rather than to rectify its mistake,” the appeal reads.

The appeal further states that the fact shows workers from this constituency were against the decision of fielding Imran Khan as party candidate from NA-53. Party workers have said that Imran Khan should announce to vacate this seat and the ticket should be given to Ilyas Meharban

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