Scuffle between workers delays PTI party elections in Multan

Published: February 8, 2013


MULTAN: The union-level party elections of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in Multan were delayed after workers at various polling stations started fighting, reported Express News.

Workers at polling stations, including those in Hasanabad, Gol Bagh and Lodhi Colony, engaged in fights throwing chairs around and taking out tents.

Members of the party had earlier expressed that underhanded lobbying by key members, growing internal rifts and disorganisation were increasing behind a gleaming public image of PTI.

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 (K-P) and Sindh, as observed by PTI members that wished to remain anonymous.

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  • Imran
    Feb 8, 2013 - 4:04PM

    THIS IS A TRUE ELECTION.. “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 (K-P) and Sindh, as observed by PTI members that wished to remain anonymous”

    Lobbying is a part of election… it happens everywhere in the world .. what nawaz sharif , zardari and imran khan is doing with public ??? they are lobbying them to win the elections .. and about bribery dont take any bribes listen to ur innerself.. and vote for a right person…LONG LIVE PTI


  • saqib ali rana
    Feb 8, 2013 - 4:14PM

    ET did not give an ear to regions where polls were carried out succesfully,which is a new tradition in pakistan,,but here…it finds any thing negative and is very eager to promote that


  • Zoaib
    Feb 8, 2013 - 4:20PM

    Wow, what a way of reporting. No evidence but only ” PTI members that wished to remain anonymous.” indeed.


  • Hassan
    Feb 8, 2013 - 4:28PM

    doesn’t matter what happens they should carry on with elections its only way we can bring change in this country. Salute IK for choosing the difficult but right path.


  • Adnan
    Feb 8, 2013 - 4:35PM

    I think that we should appreciate the fact that a party in Pakistan is holding party elections in such a manner. What we need to understand that this process needs time to fully evolve and our society is going through a learning curve to appreciate these events. The learning curve will be bit longer than usual, mainly due to the fact that as a nation we have lost quite a few attributes that are essential for any society. Some of these attributes are patience, humanity, reliance and honesty etc.
    Please do not blame Imran or PTI for that, they are doing their best to educate the people, but even the best of teachers are sometime hapless due to good for nothing students


  • Aysha
    Feb 8, 2013 - 4:41PM

    I think this kind of news comes out of functions held almost by all political parties.

    MQM should run intensive courses for other parties to develop skills in managing and disciplining large crowds, theirs seem to be always well disciplined.


  • Dr.Asohaib Abdi
    Feb 8, 2013 - 5:01PM

    PTI should restore its control over its members and keep an eye on such internal elements which create defamation for party… It must keep away from alliance with Dr.Qadri as well.
    It will lead to spoil PTI image in the minds majority of people who know the political history of PAT and Dr.Qadri. It is as “multiplication of a million with zero” which nullifies the effect of a million..PTI is going to lose its own credibility if not refrains form Dr.Qadri…


  • Feb 8, 2013 - 5:01PM

    this is how a true democratic party comes into existence ,,, Weldon Khan , just focus on Intra party and try to do it as soon as possible , We are with you :)


  • Feb 8, 2013 - 5:26PM

    Mismanagement in party = Mismanagement in country
    Same happened in KP as well.


  • Ali Tipu
    Feb 8, 2013 - 5:41PM

    This is actually good from the democratic point of view It means that there are elections going on, not selection where a certain number of people have to raise their hands to get their ‘leader’ selected like what happens in ML(N)


  • pakistani
    Feb 8, 2013 - 5:54PM

    the party u turns…..


  • Something Clever
    Feb 8, 2013 - 6:14PM

    People are saying this is a reflection of democracy? Seriously?
    Lobbying is fine but, apparently people skipped over the “bribes” part. Coming from the group that bases its whole image on being against corruption, that’s just funny in a sad way.
    Oh, and chair throwing temper tantrums isn’t a reflection of it either. Anyone thinking this is normal is completely oblivious to the outside world. Though those temper tantrums may not be a reflection of it, they’re not exactly a reflection of being against it either. All it means is the lower ranks of PTI are whiny little drama queens like their leader.
    I love how PTI supporters praise PTI for things they’d be racing to the bandwagon for with the intent to demonize another party and uplift PTI.
    There’s a word for that… I think it’s “liars.” So much for sincerity.


  • rizwan
    Feb 8, 2013 - 6:15PM

    We should not forget we are same people we have never seen a true democratic system.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 8, 2013 - 6:38PM

    But no one was charged. All were minors.


  • John the Baptist
    Feb 8, 2013 - 7:08PM

    This is not a party election in Sweden–it is in South Punjab. Don’t expect people to lose, shake hands and meet at the local pub for drinks! This is TRUE democracy, Pakistani style.

    Go PTI…Oppa Gangnum Style!


  • Papa DhoompichakDhoom
    Feb 8, 2013 - 7:14PM

    Jiyay Zardari, Jiyay Bhutto…

    PTI will not win even a single seat…..We want PPP in the power again!


  • Bhatti
    Feb 8, 2013 - 7:47PM

    PTI u Rock!!! My VOTE is for PTI!!!


  • Falcon
    Feb 8, 2013 - 7:51PM

    Rest is part of the political evolution but over-reliance on ghost insiders raises questions on ET’s journalistic credibility…”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 (K-P) and Sindh, as observed by PTI members that wished to remain anonymous.”


  • LongIslander
    Feb 8, 2013 - 8:03PM

    I can’t beleive that intra party elections are taking place for the first time in Pakistan. I don’t care if this news is true or not.


  • QB
    Feb 8, 2013 - 8:35PM

    At leas PTI is trying something not done before in Pakistan. High goals.


  • Feb 8, 2013 - 10:02PM

    Well one thing is for sure, these are no sham elections!


  • Sacha bacha
    Feb 9, 2013 - 12:28AM

    @Something Clever:
    Well ask other parties to even think of elections, if they come close of what PTI has achieved ill change my vote. What options do we have ? Zardari whose son is ready to take the crown, so is Hamza and Maryam for Shahbaz Shareef and Nawaz Shareef respectively. Atleast, they are trying to get out of mom pop culture. They have a Tailor Master from Kohat as president and Rakshaw driver from Swabi and many more low income people. Do you think all of them had enough to pay bribery ?


  • popsaeed
    Feb 9, 2013 - 10:42AM

    Motor way
    gawadar port
    Thunder jet
    Ac Buses
    Nuclear test
    Dengue elimination
    Energy reserach centre kala shah kaku
    and know

    Rapid bus service

    Above mentioned work is for public and with out corruption so why vote to others


  • Anticorruption
    Feb 10, 2013 - 12:03AM

    First, it’s shameful that you often block comments critical of ET, as my previous post on this piece was omited.

    Secondly, as someone who doesn’t have any party affiliations, and is looking for fair reporting rather than unquestioning praise or bashing of anyone, I find it rather puzzling that ET goes out of the way to find only negative stories about PTI. You have printed this story by quoting unnamed PTI sources, but what made your newspaper miss the news of people like an ordinary taylor, a samosa seller and a rickshaw driver winning party elections in KP? Even if you are biased, at least don’t be so blinded by your hatred for a party to the extent that it becomes patently obvious and you start to lose your own credibility.

    I for one no longer trust a single word you write about PTI and will be looking elsewhere for objective reporting on that party.


  • muhammad khan
    Feb 10, 2013 - 3:03AM

    Awesome job by PTI to be the first part to conduct such elections. This UC level elections is not easy and doesn’t happens anywhere in the eastern world. Not even in India which is claimed to be one of the greatest democracy of the east. Shame on such news casting and editorials which is so biased that its shown in every ounce of their writing and every bit of their choice of words. We should all rise up against these corrupt newspapers and news channels and be against their agenda of supporting the parties that will latter let them have a good money making time. They are all together and we should stand together with PTI and support whats right and best for our country, people, our combined future. Come out of your shells and skins. Voice your self, be a part of this change. Help, volunteer in any and every possible way one can. Please help your self t help this country. Get up and join hands with PTI. Its your and our and our children’s future we are talking about. We can do all the damned things for our family and children. We live our lives for our family and children and everything thats possible for them. But we always react after something wrong happens to us. Why don’t we wake up and do something before-hand. Lets choose PTI and win this election for IK so he can deliver what he has promised and if he doesnt then it is we who should be the one against him and bring him down. But now we need to give him his turn that he so deserve.


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