KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf claims that it is gearing up for the next general elections in the country and will be prepared to participate in the next two months.
PTI Sindh president Naeemul Haque told a press conference on Monday that the party is planning to set up parliamentary boards and finalise its candidates for the national and provincial assembly seats. “By March, we want to completely prepare our party for the next elections,” Haque said. “This includes the selection of candidates for MNAs and MPAs and a manifesto.”
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has also formed a new chapter of its lawyers wing after 40 lawyers, including the secretary of the Malir Bar Association, formally joined the party on Monday.
The PTI already has a lawyers wing, called the Insaf Lawyers Forum, for the Karachi Bar Association’s members. Another chapter of the forum will be for the MBA’s members.
Several of the lawyers were at a press conference at the PTI’s Sindh Secretariat called to introduce the Insaf Lawyers Forum to the media. PTI Sindh vice president Aslam Rajput also spoke at the event.
Haque said that the Malir Bar Association has always stressed on upholding the law. “It is a good sign that people from all sections of society are joining PTI,” Haque said. These lawyers can help PTI create a just society, he said.
According to Haque, the Supreme Court is facing a “lot of pressure” right now and has some important decisions to make in the months ahead.
Khalid Mehmood, the secretary general of the MBA, thanked Rajput and former Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) Senator Azam Swati, who has joined PTI, for convincing him again to join the Imran Khan-led party. “I will dedicate my services to the Insaf Lawyers Forum,” he said.
Lawyer Ashraf Hashmi will head the Malir Bar Association chapter of the Insaf Lawyers Forum, and Aamir Raza Khokhar was announced as general secretary.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2012.