Behind closed door, PTI facing intra-party woes

Published: August 13, 2012
Recent dismissals and intra-party lobbying contributing to disorganisation. PHOTO: FILE

Recent dismissals and intra-party lobbying contributing to disorganisation. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Amidst growing acceptance of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as a powerful political force, certain members of the party feel that underhanded lobbying by key members, growing internal rifts and disorganisation are increasing behind a gleaming public image.

The most apparent example of growing dissent within the party were acts of lobbying and bribery for votes in the intra-party elections by various key members in Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Sindh, as observed by PTI members that wished to remain anonymous. It was also observed by members that PTI chief Imran Khan had been unable to curb either of the two issues.

Tarik Ikram, PTI information secretary for Sindh, was the most recent party member to have been removed from his position for attempting to form his own lobby, according to sources.

Nadir Akmal Leghari, president of the Sindh chapter of the PTI, was instrumental in his removal, having the stronger lobby, they added. Ikram was instrumental in arranging Imran Khan’s Hyderabad rally.

Speaking to The Express Tribune Leghari denied any such development saying, “I don’t think Ikram has been sacked, he is working for a think tank, and he himself chose to move from the political limelight.”

Ikram however, denied working for any think tank. “I voluntarily chose to step aside because when I was involved in active politics I saw that I was playing no part in forming the ideology of the party and that is why I left my political position,” he said. Ikram added: “People joining the PTI from other parties, such as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), do politics in their own way. Me and other people who joined the party from a corporate background do not like that kind of ‘street politics’ and therefore chose to step aside,” he said.

Meanwhile, PTI Information Secretary Shafqat Mehmood dismissed the allegations of underhanded lobbying. “The PTI is going to have real elections, in which every member will vote, therefore the contesting candidates are obviously trying to make connections,” he said.  PTI elections in Sindh however, that were scheduled for June 30, continue to be postponed while the party reportedly scrambles to increase its scant membership in the province.

Previously, Dr Hassan Raza, PTI’s joint secretary for Sindh was not only removed from his post but also expelled from the party over allegations of corruption in allocation of relief goods that were meant for donation to flood affected areas.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2012.


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  • 3footninja
    Aug 13, 2012 - 9:46AM



  • Sarah
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:02AM

    Transparency is the key


  • Hammad
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:03AM

    It is not unusual to see small issues poping up within the parties. The important thing is that what actions are taken to curb the wrong doings. One can’t make everybody happy and one must not. Someone didn’t need to create such hype about it.


  • Falcon
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:03AM

    To the contrary, inter-party conflicts within PTI over principled politics is a good sign. If the active, honest, and determined folks within PTI keep up the fight, I am sure bad ones will be weeded out in time.


  • Mirza
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:03AM

    Time for IK to show his leadership to his own party members. Let us see how he handles all the landlords, Pir and lotas with long time party workers. The problem is not PTI or any other party; it is our culture of corruption and power grabbing. Best of luck IK to change these habits of the people.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Excuse to boycott elections. Party is not ready yet.


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:09AM

    Many more such incidents will take place since PTI is not an organized party. PTI’s workers are emotional and arrogant which is against the norms of politics.


  • Zalim Singh
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:12AM

    IK just a pretty face.


  • SitaW
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:15AM

    Walking contradiction party…


  • Satan
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:18AM

    Where there is truth, there is always a backlash and may be hurdles. Stay consistent IK. We look forward to you.


  • Hassaan
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:18AM

    Believe me guys. These elections are not easy to handle AT ALL. Its indeed an uphill task and I hope PTI will be able to conduct them without any difficulties. All the best


  • Singh
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:24AM

    PTI is worse than all the other parties combined. IK is a civilian dictator by nature.


  • TightBanian
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:28AM

    You cannot build a national party by holding jalsas. It takes a long time for a party to build character and membership loyalty. Most of PTI’s new members are opportunists who want to cash-in on the new-found fame. The real drama will start when seat allocation begins.


  • Noor
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:29AM

    PTI is Political party not family party and it is natural to have rifts in political party


  • Agha
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:39AM

    It is not easy to become such a large force in such a short time and manage everything perfectly. At least they are not run by a single family controlling everything like PPP and PML (N). PTI is true democratic party.


  • adeel qadri
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:45AM

    In every party such cases are observed. PMLN is a recent example with Khosas..whats the big deal?


  • Aug 13, 2012 - 10:45AM

    So…??? why ET whenever give news about Imran Khan, writes source “observed by PTI members that wished to remain anonymous”


  • Ahad khan
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:57AM

    Intra-party election is a momentous process for a real democratic party and first time in Pakistan. There will be some maneuvers and wrangling but it will provide genuine representation at the end. It will never be that easy. This will have ever lasting effects. Wish all current leadership good luck.


  • Junaid Atique
    Aug 13, 2012 - 10:57AM

    Every Party, Every Community have differences behind the Door! than what?


  • faffy
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:18AM

    I fail to understand why such petty issues make it to the headlines.
    May Imran Khan live long and strong and that is the only thing that matters for Pakistan’s future.


  • Ibrahim Afridi
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:23AM

    I dont know how credible this news can be
    only ET published alliance with Sheikh Rasheed which was denied later on Geol program Lekin by PTI and now this!!


  • Top Cat
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:28AM

    PTI is full of hot air. It had to deflate one day. Will happen later if not sooner.


  • lastlines
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:32AM

    Truth is, politicians who change their affiliations have no loyalty except to their own agenda.and that is to serve their own personal interest and no one else. Imran Khan needs to be very careful about whom he gives his favor and whom not..otherwise the ones who wold give their best to make positive changes for the Pakistani people will turn their backs and leave disillusioned.I can only say one thing ” Imran Khan you have this one chance to make things a lot better, please don’t mess it up”


  • Buttler
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:32AM

    I read express tribune everyday…but now most of the times their news are not right and sometime they even remove from archives….Please ET we are your beloved reader…set the standard please..


  • Arslan
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:35AM

    Believe it or not but this is a democratic party!


  • Zoaib
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:38AM

    Seems to be normal internal party politics. What is important to note is that at the end it would be the members who would be ELECTING their office bearers not Imran Khan or any of the “leaders” lobbying for positions. This is the best way to resolve these issues and would ensure that anyone who is GENUINELY popular among the members would eventually make it to the top. Imran Khan himself should not favour any side in the process for sake of neutrality.


  • Hammad
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Mirza: One sane comment once a year. I like that>


  • KMC
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:48AM

    This was expected when Imran Khan allowed members of other parties to join PTI. In fact he should have concentracted only for new members and not allow old politicians to enter in his party. This is going to be his biggest mistake.


  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:52AM

    Any party that takes Sh Rashid,is a non serious party with no scruples


  • asif
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:54AM

    good to hear, PTI will be doomed before election inshallah


  • Ergo
    Aug 13, 2012 - 12:07PM

    Imran, watch out for Nadir Akmal Leghari.
    He can’t visit his own supposed constituency in Ghotki without the locals throwing stones at him.
    This man is not good for PTI or Pakistan.


  • from the party
    Aug 13, 2012 - 12:10PM

    This is what we need to curb if we really want change, not just another political party with the same ethics. Imran Khan should do something about whats happening in his own party instead of focussing just on what his political opponents are saying.


  • Mard-e-Haq
    Aug 13, 2012 - 12:16PM

    There is the pro-Taliban faction and the pro-Progress faction. Both represent each side of the face of Kaptaan Saab. Thus, we can expect contradictions within the party.


  • Aug 13, 2012 - 12:31PM

    we hope that death plenty will be in our new law in 30days for corruption if its proved like in china and there will be free hotline for corruption related matters so every one can give what proofs they got with there identity hidden plus price for good stufRecommend

  • ali
    Aug 13, 2012 - 12:39PM

    Ik is unable to control even party, he doesn’t deserve leadership. The only area where he is expert is making allegations against others. Instead of making false allegations against others he should take care of his party which is going to deflate v soon.


  • Fawad
    Aug 13, 2012 - 12:41PM

    PTI is the only hope now left in Pakistan and Imran Khan has capability to change the Pakistan.


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Aug 13, 2012 - 1:00PM

    In fact PTI Chairman Mr. Imran Khan now has many heavy weights who have always been in the government of different parties with zero results in what ever ministry they were allotted. IK should be extra careful when ever these King Makers tender any advise. He should stick with his old colleagues who were and are with him in thin and thick.


  • Muddassir
    Aug 13, 2012 - 1:09PM

    …and ET continues to cash IK/PTI for its readership…

    Pls keep it up, as more you will show this ‘professionalism’ the more we will understand the true ‘journalism’ in Pakistan.


  • Awaid
    Aug 13, 2012 - 1:15PM

    Behind closed doors, ET getting paid to put up anti-PTI headlines.


  • moeed
    Aug 13, 2012 - 1:18PM

    it is the status Quo which you support will be doomed inshallah not the hopes of many Pakistanis and prayers


  • Ather
    Aug 13, 2012 - 1:35PM

    It is a good sign at least there is a party in Pakistan , which is sidelining its leaders for having flattering and bribing tactics! there ll come problems in your way PTI but stick to the principle of non corruption , inshaALLAH you will get success.

    The thing which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! we have high hopes in imran Khan and PTI.period


  • Naveed Javed
    Aug 13, 2012 - 1:40PM



  • Cricket
    Aug 13, 2012 - 2:07PM

    No matter what happens the people and youth of Pakistan are with PTI. May Allah give Imran Khan the strength and courage to rid us of the dirty politices that has plagued this country in the form of PPP and PML-N. Ameen.


  • Malik
    Aug 13, 2012 - 2:28PM

    The PTI is displaying dictatorial tendency when men like Inamullah Niazi become arrogant, abusive and intolerant to face any criticism of key leaders of PTI. For some Imran may be a cult leader but for him to work in a democracy, he has to have the courage to face criticism and stop behaving as if he alone is an angel, which he is not. He has realtively more credibility because he has never held any public office.


  • Umair Khan
    Aug 13, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Intra Party elections is not an easy task. PTI has undertook this challenge while knowing it is a tough task. But we must know that the harder path we cross, we will come more stronger. There will be some people who will create problems but a lot of people are very much working for the change.


  • Asad
    Aug 13, 2012 - 2:54PM

    It’s a natural process and is a sign of maturity. Those involved in courruption are atleast being fired


  • Concerned
    Aug 13, 2012 - 3:05PM

    No comments against PMLn on the topic. PTI Supporters dont lose your touch.


  • Kamran
    Aug 13, 2012 - 3:21PM

    @ ET (Saima Malik) You have been self contradictory, at one point you said “Speaking to The Express Tribune Leghari denied any such development saying, “I don’t think Ikram has been sacked, he is working for a think tank, and he himself chose to move from the political limelight.”

    and then Mr. Ikram however, endorsed Laghari’s statement but you added your personal biasness and said,

    “Ikram however, denied working for any think tank. “I voluntarily chose to step aside because when I was involved in active politics I saw that I was playing no part in forming the ideology of the party and that is why I left my political position,” he said.

    Can you tell me what is the difference between working for a “think tank” and “forming the ideology of the party”. ??? But you guys only needs “Masala” for your paper. A party going for geniun election is first instance in Pakistan will surely face such problems, but instead of appreciating such acts you were trying to pull the legs.

    Please be careful next time.


  • Sarah Ahmad
    Aug 13, 2012 - 3:35PM

    This is very normal in any political party. I don’t see the point behind writing this article. The point to highlight is that PTI is the only political party which is having intra party elections and that too in an election year.This is a true example of democracy within a party.This needs to be appreciated, rather than highlighting lame issues.


  • Aug 13, 2012 - 3:47PM

    I fully agree with Malik. What I cannot understand is that why supporters of PTI cannot tolerate the criticism? I guess they are still “fans” of IK. They must progress towards becoming political workers rather than die hard fans. God knows how many of these fans would go and vote for PTI. If they don’t, there is almost no hope for IK as political influence of PML-N and PPP is still almost static.


  • Ash
    Aug 13, 2012 - 3:50PM

    Tsunami with this kind of attitude?

    Don’t forget the Iftar party fiasco in Lahore which showed the discipline of this Internet party.


  • Abdur Rahman
    Aug 13, 2012 - 3:55PM

    Hmm this is great news actually. Good for PTI. This is how PTI will be able to choose the best team (by cleaning out the scum). Go PTI and Imran Khan!!


  • arif
    Aug 13, 2012 - 4:07PM

    Tribune had to report it. Jeya bhutto


  • Aug 13, 2012 - 4:56PM

    The two key points this reporter wished to establish

    PTI has internal rifts/disagreements so the party cant control the country
    PTI chairmen couldn’t handle these issues so he cant take care of the country

    So in total. PTI is not the right platform to serve the country A CLEAR BIASED REPORT

    Guys, this is not about PTI, Imran Khan THIS IS ABOUT PAKISTAN


  • ishi
    Aug 13, 2012 - 5:25PM

    I’m witness to such issues in the party, but trust me they PTI is gonna get organize itself and its party position, there is no other party in comparison to PTI, all is will say is ALL THE BEST IMRAN KHAN.


  • M K Sial
    Aug 13, 2012 - 6:05PM

    Shaikh Rashed – a man of Establishment is with you. Now Imran does not need any enemy.Recommend

  • Dean
    Aug 13, 2012 - 6:09PM

    There is always some for ET in PTI. Nothing on N League or PPPRecommend

  • Aug 13, 2012 - 6:09PM

    After all that khichri, twas expected.


  • zia
    Aug 13, 2012 - 6:12PM

    PTI Zindabad.


  • MAK
    Aug 13, 2012 - 6:20PM

    These all are the signs of a true democratic party!


  • Aslam
    Aug 13, 2012 - 6:52PM

    Minor things always happen in the big parties. PTI is one of the largest political party in the country and it is a routine matter to shift positions of the office holders. There is always difference of opinion in individuals. But it is a test of Imran Khan that how he settle the matters within the party? Now nobody but PTI itself can destroy its popularity, Haroon Rasheed says.


  • Wasim
    Aug 13, 2012 - 7:04PM

    So???. What is the news here? Why ET is getting too excited like sana butcha in her program.


  • Aug 13, 2012 - 7:32PM

    Nobody is perfect. we must have to trust PTI once.


  • Advil
    Aug 13, 2012 - 8:09PM

    Waste of an article.


  • J Effendi
    Aug 13, 2012 - 8:32PM

    The Tsunami will first destroy the Lota party itself before it hits the shores of Pakistan.


  • syed irtaza
    Aug 13, 2012 - 8:41PM

    ET is a biased website … i wrote comments which was not published which means ET is totally one sided towards PMLN…. shame


  • Syed Hussain Raza
    Aug 13, 2012 - 9:00PM

    PTI is nothing but a bunch of opportunists having deep roots within the Establishment.


  • zohaib
    Aug 13, 2012 - 9:25PM

    Sooo??? All democratic parties has similar issue so its not a big deal, PTI is better then PML-N and PPP who keep in power only n only most corrupted politician….Recommend

  • Sarah Ahmad
    Aug 14, 2012 - 1:09AM

    criticism should be constructive, not baseless. i mean seriously, what’s the big deal if this happened. whatever is good for pti, we will do that. terming it as intra- party woes hahaha is tribune short of issues or what?


  • ameen
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:14AM

    There is a difference between running a political party and a cricket team. Imran Khan’s own party is pulling him down. I wonder how our ex-captain will solve Pakistan’s enormous issues with such a colourful team.


  • sheikh
    Aug 14, 2012 - 6:07AM

    Nice try. But i wish you could see ebil characters burrying the good characters within pti. Cheers.


  • Aug 14, 2012 - 9:39AM

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  • KhuRram Kaleem
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:11PM

    facts on PTI

    1.they think everybody in Pakistan is incorrect and corrupt except the frustrated PTI supporters.
    2.eyes closed on personal life of their leader who for fifty years had been a play boy. evidence or precedence available on Imran khan to personally handle any corporate entity out of economic difficulty or even managing a business successfully.
    4. This man only runs on donation money. expertise or evidence of handling government organization on any scale.

    The PTI people will ruin our life


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