Party elections: PTI delays organisational structuring

Published: March 26, 2012
No consensus over a strategy for intra party polls.

No consensus over a strategy for intra party polls.

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has decided to delay its decision regarding the party’s organisational structure after the PTI Central Executive Committee failed to reach a unanimous consensus.

Party officials said the decision was taken during the executive committee’s meeting conducted to revamp the party’s constitutional document as per the recommendations of some its senior leaders.

PTI’s leadership will also deliberate over the party’s election process, which aims to centralise power from local offices and union councils. Sources say this is the party’s third consecutive meeting regarding the issue in which the leadership failed to chalk out and agree on a strategy to hold the party’s polls before the upcoming general elections.

A senior leader, requesting anonymity, said the PTI is unlikely to hold elections at the council level before the general elections.

The party has nominated pop singer Abrarul Haq as the president of PTI’s Youth Wing. The committee earlier opted for Javed Hashmi to be the party’s president, effectively making him second-in-command to chairperson Imran Khan.

Before this, Shah Mehmood Qureshi was the right-hand man of Imran, but he will now be third in the party’s hierarchy. Sources have revealed differences in the opinions of co-chairperson Qureshi and chairperson Imran Khan, but they have been denied by both leaders.

Imran, in his press conference on Sunday, said, “All the reservations of senior leaders have been addressed in a democratic fashion. We will hold the party elections at all costs.”

Imran said that elections for different office bearers will be held soon. “The different offices/positions will be decided within the next three months.”

He dispelled the impression that the elections would create rifts among the top leadership of the party.

The executive committee also finalised the schedule of the party’s membership campaign. The PTI claims to have inducted five to six million youth across the country in two months. The campaign is to be extended worldwide with overseas Pakistanis also allowed to participate in the party’s elections.

Imran said the party’s decision regarding its appointment of a chairperson, president, vice president and provincial leaders will be made through free and fair elections. “The PTI is a democratic party and its leaders will be chosen thorough a democratic process.”

Imran reiterated that all members would declare their assets before applying for a party ticket.

He added that he would introduce a local government system if he came to power so that “local political leaders could help to eradicate corruption at the grass-roots level.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (52)

  • Zoaib
    Mar 26, 2012 - 10:37AM

    I wonder where ET gets its reports from. IK was very clear yesterday in saying that the CEC had decided after a lot of deliberation that there are going to be internal party elections, come what may. This is also what came out of PTI leaders on twitter, all of whom said that the CEC decided to hold elections within the party, which was a landmark decision. I wonder whom we should trust, the KNOWN PTI leaders or this unknown PTI official who ET is quoting here.


  • faraz
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:02AM

    Abrarul Haq as the president of PTI’s Youth Wing——–Poor decision, disappointing


  • Killer
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:38AM

    Fair decision, the general elections aren’t going to be held this year anyway, they should wait for a few months.


  • Aardvaark
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:43AM

    This is just blatant lying – PTI’s CEC has passed their constitution unanimously and elections are to be held over the next 3 months. ExpressTribune needs to get it’s facts right and conduct discipLinary action against poor editorial checks. One hopes ET has no agenda.


  • Faraz
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:45AM

    PTI will not win more than 5 seats in whole is just a hollow movement under hollow ledership of IK created by illusioned establishment.the real “change” can only come through evolutionary democratic process.


  • Aardvaark
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:47AM
  • Asif Khan
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:48AM

    This is not delay – this is systematic approach of giving every one chance to get membership and count them in nominating their leaders. This is new in the history of Pakistan and it is setting democratic precedent. All the best to PTI team.


  • popsaeed
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:58AM

    Another failure of PTI Just “naray” No Real “Change”


  • popsaeed
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:00PM

    Another try of “Change” is failed


  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:01PM

    Hmmmm, introduce Local Government System, but isn’t it the same which was implemented by a dictator?

    See, he actually was not bad & doctorial then depicted by IK & the media……


  • Observant
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:02PM

    ANd they are going to remove corruption in 9 Days–> What a Joke!


  • PhD_Norway
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:06PM

    PTI is becoming the FIRST REAL democratic party in the Pakistan and It won’t be easy.


  • Mar 26, 2012 - 12:10PM

    P T I , is a modern and rapidly upcoming political party and it is facing different type of the challenges, from with in the party and out side the party. All the problems can be handled well only ;after being organized properly.All the organizational needs of the party must be fulfilled sooner because there is a little time left to the General Elections.


  • Sarah Khan
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:20PM

    I wonder whether these ‘senior leaders requesting anonymity’ are for real or just a figment of the reporter’s imagination who is insistent to spread negativity?


  • Uza Syed
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:31PM

    Fakhra Yonus the victim of acid burning dies—she kills herself! The culprit of this assault by acid is son of a very well known “Feudal Lord” a former Chief Minister of Punjab Malik Mustafa Khar, the son himself has been MPA of Pnjab Assembly. Now, no politician is willing to take a position on this crime against a woman, simply because of her gender, no mullah would say anything! I want to know why Imran Khan and his folks inclusing all those champions, or wih to be champions of ‘JUSTICE’ (INSAF!) have to say about this situaion. Go public and take a position and let me and people like myself, who suspect your sincerety to your slogann (Insaf for all), want to see clear stand of this party PTI and its leaders.


  • siddique
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:46PM

    First democratic party


  • T Khan
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:46PM

    Local govt system…sounds familiar.
    When Mush did it, it was wrong but would be evolutionary with Imi


  • moeed
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:52PM

    well done et do not let any chance to defame pti


  • Shariq
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:58PM

    Imran Khan, you have always boycotted elections, when you’ve felt that the Election Commission wasn’t independent and felt like they weren’t being held free and fair; case in point 2008 general elections and the Multan by-election earlier this year. You have also said, that under Zardari, general elections cannot be free and fair. What would you do Imran Khan, if Zardari indeed remains at the helm at the time of the general elections? Will you stand by your ‘principles’ and boycott the 2013 elections or will you compromise on your principles and participate in a sham election process? Dilemma!


  • KH
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:08PM

    Imran is doing something not done before, and there will always be people working to sabotage this.

    Imran keep going…..


  • Mar 26, 2012 - 1:17PM

    ET is a biased media group with its agenda against Islam, Pakistan, Army/ISI oh but they love to support drone attacks, Corrupt Gov. and those who feel pride in becoming naked before camera’s especially women (Veena Malik)


  • isloo
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:18PM

    ET have hired PML-N insider to leak PTI News :P


  • RugSack
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:28PM

    PTI has the best Internet propaganda team that scours every single bit of Imran Khan news and immediately floods down any thing that seems to be against Imran. Truth be damned. Every voice of dissent is muzzled, and 100 defenders spring up. Too aggressive defense is a sign of something sinister.


  • waqar
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:30PM

    I agree…


  • Mar 26, 2012 - 1:41PM

    ET and PTI don’t go together for sure


  • MarkH
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:47PM

    and as day 90 arrives. “Sorry guys, there are some disagreements.”
    It’s usually best to do the inside consulting before speaking to the outside of things.


  • zaid
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:48PM

    Abrarul Haq as the president of PTI’s Youth Wing——–great decision, bravo


  • PTI Charsadda
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:54PM

    Think before you leap….Watch this press conference please


  • Ali
    Mar 26, 2012 - 2:04PM

    This is a classic example of yellow and false journalism. ET publishes blatant lies. what happened with shah mehmood joining nawaz league. Turn out to be false story as well.
    Here is what IK said after the CEC meeting:

    Imran Khan’s Press Conference after CEC Meeting (March 25, 2012)!


  • Truth
    Mar 26, 2012 - 2:05PM

    Yeah! Thats what I also heard in the press conference after CEC meeting. As usual the world go in one direction and ET goes in other :)


  • Mar 26, 2012 - 2:13PM

    ET ur quality is going down everyday and all the news are coming from unknown sources which in other words are called ‘Rumours’


  • nadeem
    Mar 26, 2012 - 2:23PM

    party election is vey good decision by pti this is real democrasy
    plm n and ppp are family limited party


  • kamran
    Mar 26, 2012 - 2:29PM

    I think PML-N needs to learn something from PTI. Good going PTI


    Mar 26, 2012 - 2:36PM

    We trust you Imran Khan


  • saba aslam
    Mar 26, 2012 - 2:38PM

    PTI is the only political party in Pakistan all the others are just fake parties now we are waiting for elections and all the public want to see their country free from zardari and all othrs liers ministers it is true everybody knows that our country is victim of many dangrous street crimes, shortage of everything, now we are become beggars, on the otherside we are not united, we are not true Pakistanis, in our country some are muslim ligi, sme are pipli, some are of M.Q.M, CAN WE ARE Pakistanis? think about it’ i just want to say to my whole nation plz stope it, now be a true Pakistanis and just think about your country not about your parties be a good citizaen of Pakistan ,be a true Pakistani,


  • Democrat
    Mar 26, 2012 - 3:06PM


    i dont think you have ever cost a vote in any elections in pakistan so keep yourself to negative commenting on any news remotely related to Imran khan or PTI…

    whether he get 5 or 50, at least he would not use the names of his or bashing a former dictator..he will win on merit… that is for the people to decide who they want in the next election.. and we have seen the evolutionary democratic process through which we are seeing the 2nd and 3rd generation leadership Recommend

  • Democrat
    Mar 26, 2012 - 3:12PM


    Dawn is an authentic and reliable newspaper read by a large number of people in and outside Pakistan so they have to maintain certain editorial standards while ET is only a couple of years old and mainly restricted to readers mainly from anti-PTI people so they have to twist the news according to the wishes of their “donors”…


    please dont become another PTV.. it will be impossible for you to convince the readers of your free, fair and unbiased reporting after this attitude… as they say..bad acha badnam bura…so dont get urself badnam…


  • popsaeed
    Mar 26, 2012 - 3:15PM

    One question to all PTI worker who will stand agaisnt Imran khan and who will stand against Makhdooms in there internal party election.


  • Ahsan Mlk
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:24PM

    The PTI claims to have inducted five to six million youth across the country in two months

    Yesterday Imran Khan in the press conference said that they are aiming for it, not that they’ve done it.

    Such sham reporting speaks volumes Recommend

  • SAJ
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:32PM

    false information… please be more responsible next time.

    This is the real news:


  • Abid
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:39PM

    Express tribune is a subsidiary of Herald Tribune which is basically a newspaper belonging to Rupert Murdoch. This kind of newspapers are used to safeguard and propagate american interests all over the English speaking world. Since Imran Khan has taken a hard line against Americans they create confusions regarding him. Lets hope that they dont succeed.


  • Z
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:42PM

    The headline for this article is just factually incorrect. The plan was always to start a membership campaign on the 25th of March and after that hold elections. Where is the “delay” mentioned here?


  • omair shahid
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:48PM

    Please clarify which party can bring real change?


  • Elhaan Khan
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:09PM

    PTI gross-root level structure is in disarray. In every district, they have four groups which will confusion the voters . With such a weak structure , if he loses elections, he will blame Zardari and people of Pakistan for not having voted to so-called change rather than blaming himself for making the voters confused. These big political rallies will count for nothing if he doesn’t put his house on order to compete with PPP and PML(N) which have strong workers’ force at the gross-root level. It’s well-organized workers that bring out voters on voting day not talking big !


  • Imposter
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:20PM

    I think he was closer to religious extremists in the past because he was married to a westerner- He was trying to mask his image. Now he has disassociated himself with them and trying to go mainstream after his divorce. Abrar ul Haq for youth wing- that is stupid. What do people think?


  • Falcon
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:43PM

    @Uza Syed:
    Certainly agree with you. Following is the press release from PTI office. Hope this helps.


  • Angel
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:46PM

    ET: better luck next time. I am sure you can do a better propaganda against PTI.
    @ PTI supporters. You guys rock. You people are super active. It is amazing how you guys quoted IK’s yesterday press conference and showed these editors their real faces. Great job. Proud of PTI AND IK. Recommend

  • Kamal
    Mar 26, 2012 - 7:08PM

    This is false reporting.IK clearly declared in his press conference that party elections will be held at all costs. I hope ET improves its reporting standards


  • Azmat
    Mar 26, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Youth of PTI has a right to choose their own youth wing leader. We reject Ibrar ul Haq. IK should nominate some respected member. Our eldors are asking us that a singer will lead you. We need a responible, respectful Youth Leader. As we can not apporocah Imran personally, our comment should be convey to him.


  • adeel ahmed
    Mar 26, 2012 - 7:42PM

    Shall we trust Imran Khan or tribune. is there any reporting ethics?


  • Euler_89
    Mar 26, 2012 - 7:43PM

    This appointment is temporary. IK just wants an interim setup so that business as usual is not put on hold. During PTI elections, you can vote for whomever you think deserves the position!


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 26, 2012 - 10:51PM

    He has called everyone in the camp but hesitating to announce playing eleven. He knows once he does that, rest will run away to other camps. Smart move but trust in his ability is hurt.


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