Seat adjustment: PTI workers want Khan to take back decision

Published: March 28, 2013
PTI chief Imran Khan and Nawab of Bahawalpur Salahuddin Abbasi address a press conference in Islamabad. PHOTO: ONLINE

PTI chief Imran Khan and Nawab of Bahawalpur Salahuddin Abbasi address a press conference in Islamabad. PHOTO: ONLINE


Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf workers set up a protest camp on Wednesday against the recent announcement regarding seat adjustment in Bahawalpur.

The camp has been set up at Fawara Chowk and is led by PTI city tehsil president Muhammad Adeel Aslam and youth president Afzal Ali.

The seat adjustment was done lately by Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi and PTI chairman Imran Khan.

PTI workers in Bahawalpur had expressed disappointed on the adjustment and set up a camp. They are demanding that Khan cancel the accommodation decision for Bahawalpur. The protesting workers said that their services had been ignored.

They said they had worked day in and day out to create a vote bank for the PTI in Bahawalpur and now another party would benefit from this. They said that the party chairman should revise the decision and listen to his workers.

They warned that if Khan did not take back the decision, PTI would be swept out of Bahawalpur.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Senior Vice President (Bahawalpur) Sheikh Abbas Raza said, “As a candidate, I support the decision taken by Imran Khan. But, as a native of Bahawalpur, I suggest that the party leadership take notice of this protest camp.”

He hoped that the workers’ efforts would not be forgotten.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 28th, 2013. 

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Reader Comments (24)

  • faizan
    Mar 28, 2013 - 11:37AM

    This is called Democracy: Party workers making understandable demands to leadership and not saying YES to every decision.

    The leaders should take notice of their demands and decide what is fair.

    PTI all the way: Naya Pakistan in making.


  • R A
    Mar 28, 2013 - 1:47PM

    This is called democracy
    If I.K does not hear
    That will be called dictatorship

  • Something Clever
    Mar 28, 2013 - 2:00PM

    You just described common human interaction. Not something special about PTI or even democracy.


  • MN
    Mar 28, 2013 - 2:40PM

    Immature leader. Seems desperate, and in a rush to welcome everybody, everywhere! Even did not bother to consult his newly elected party office bearers in the city.


  • Hinf
    Mar 28, 2013 - 2:42PM

    No R A., Faizan is correct.

    It is the PTIs duty to hear their perspective, and I hope they do.

    The decision to move forward with the adjustment, or not should be taken by their relevant governance comittee as per their party rules on voting. That is democracy.

    There is/will be no dictatorship here or none unless you know the detailed inner working of how the prior decision was reached or how a future decision will be reached and both suggest its IK doing everything solely. There is no indication so far of anything like that ; people are coming and going and some chappy from Lahore who is semi-controversial (unlike what IK would associate with) was elected by popular vote.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 28, 2013 - 2:46PM

    @R A:
    No, that would be called Democratic Dictatorship (i.e. PPP, PMLN, ANP, MQM etc.)


  • Lobster
    Mar 28, 2013 - 3:00PM

    @R A:
    That’s not democracy, that would be dictatorship of that group demanding it. Both point of views should be heard. Decision to be made after consultation.


  • NAZIM (karachi)
    Mar 28, 2013 - 3:46PM

    @faizan: PTI is claiming to sweep in the elections. Punjab where it is claiming to be most popular, the seat adjustment with JI and Nawab Sahib shows real hollowness in thier claim.


  • Baset
    Mar 28, 2013 - 3:53PM

    PTI all the way in the coming elections. Still waiting to see a positive article on ET for PTI, alassss !!!!


  • Sharp Critic
    Mar 28, 2013 - 4:05PM

    This is only PTI which provides oppurtunity to workers to express their view…Thumbs up PTI!


  • Baloch Insafian
    Mar 28, 2013 - 4:23PM

    What a Joke! just two Office bearers protesting & what about the rest?
    & somebody must tell those protesting that seat adjustment doesn’t mean u have surrendered to them Infact they ‘ll b collaborating with us, which can prove out to be fruitful for us..!


  • Hinf
    Mar 28, 2013 - 4:40PM

    Nazim, To me it shows that PTI is finally thinking as political party; there are positives and negatives in this approach. I hope the positives outweigh the negatives. I dont know the history of this Nawab and his politics so cant say.

    The alliance with JI to me is more alarming. The rightish side of IKs thought is what worries me about him, and this an alliance while expected troubles me. Hopefully the party as a whole will be progressive ; and they are still the only ones without a collective negative record; so I lean towards them in the upcoming election.

    Just thought of something, Karachi is terrible when it comes to traffic (because the public does not respect the general laws/rules). It would be good if PTI as a public service could instruct their Karachi members to obey the laws and obey traffic rules as a discipline. That would be a concrete example of their ability to talk to people (youth and others) at a grass root level.
    It would be good to see 4 of 10 bike weilding (yes, weilding, not riding) youths obeying traffic signals, and then seeing a sticker or something of PTI on their bikes when you look closely.


  • Engr Qurban
    Mar 28, 2013 - 4:49PM

    Dont worry guys..Our Leader IK is hungry, he want to see PM Pakistan by any cost ,so he will make adujsment with all elected memebers without any term and condition.Bahalpur issue is the only exaple of this….because IK knows this is the first and last chance of his keep it up OUR SONAMEEEEEE, we are with you.


  • Engr Qurban
    Mar 28, 2013 - 4:52PM

    keep it up our Hero SOnameee…. adjustment is necessary with all parties because this is the first and last chance of your life ,and to be a PM of pakistan is your dream in any case….keep it up,


  • Engr Qurban
    Mar 28, 2013 - 4:52PM

    keep it up our Hero SOnameee…. adjustment is necessary with all parties because this is the first and last chance of your life ,and to be a PM of pakistan is your dream in any case….keep it up,Recommend

  • Khattak
    Mar 28, 2013 - 4:55PM

    Unity, Faith Discipline. Once a leader makes a decision, the followers should just be disciplined and continue for the greater cause, not personal glory. This is the reason West is ahead ie. Discipline and Hard Work.


  • NAZIM (karachi)
    Mar 28, 2013 - 5:08PM

    @Hinf: To alliance with Ji, I think is a mistake both idealogically and politically. If PTI did not have an organizational set up then it would have sounded correct. But after intra party elections, PTI is in a position to handle election operations themselves. They dont need JI’s expereince of going through electoral technicalities. Eventually JI will end up with some seats, which otherwise impossible for it to win when taking a solo flight.

    Idealogocally, PTI’s alliance with JI will send alarming signals to youth and educated secular segments of the society who are neutral but at the same time want chnage in Pakistan. THese segments will look to alternatives.. Because JI’s is a die hard supporter of sectarian groups who are forcing thier interpretation of Islam on Pakistanis by suicide bombings and target killings.


  • Abid P. Khan
    Mar 28, 2013 - 5:32PM

    Picture above confirms once again the youthfulness of the leadership. Don’t know what would they look like when they grow old?


  • Ahsan
    Mar 28, 2013 - 5:44PM

    Nawabs of Bahawalpur are far more better than this newly rich guy Sheikh Abbas Raza himself.
    I have seldom seen Abbas Raza holding corner meetings, going for Fatiha or to any other event as PTI Vice President.
    This guy or the president of PTI Bahawalpur wont be able to attract the vote in this rural town and its vicinity so its better for them to stay quiet. :)
    They will get not more than 10% of votes from any constituency they contest.

    No matter how much effort these guys have put for PTI Bahawalpur, still the vote bank is dominated by PML-N, as the demand of Bahawalpur province is very hot these days, PTI will surely benifit from this alliance as Nawab Sb and his party can take out a major chunk of votes in all Bahawalpur division (former Bahawalpur state).
    For me i m following Imran Khan since i got my yellow “Imran’s Tiger” badge for selling tickets while SKMH was under construction and even i was confused who i will vote for, Bahawalpur Province Movement (BNAP) or guys like Abbas Raza who are using PTI as hobby. :) But Alhamdulilah Mr. Khan made it very clear for me. Thank you once again Imran Khan. we wont let u down.


  • longislaner
    Mar 28, 2013 - 7:09PM

    ET at its best. There are hundreds of goods things happening in PTI everyday but…. forget it. Azaad media, huh


  • cautious
    Mar 28, 2013 - 8:00PM

    In a representative Democracy you vote for someone who makes decisions on your behalf – hopefully you agree with most of his/her decisions and you have to wait until the next election to do anything about it. If you strongly disagree with IK before he gets into office you should vote for someone else – unless your disagree with them even more (which seems to happen quite often).


  • Shahzadi
    Mar 29, 2013 - 6:33AM

    It is amazing to see how the public never asked any questions from the previous leaders because they never provided the forums and never paid any attention to such forums or anyone’s opinion.

    While IK is leading with the vision of bringing Pakistan some law and order and picking up the pieces, people want to be babied. If one is not working for the country and their own satisfaction no pat on the back will ever be good enough.

    IK starts a party and answers all questions so before his party even has a chance to govern people are already jumping on the bandwagon of negativity, everyone is expecting miracles overnight, instantly.


  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Mar 30, 2013 - 10:57AM

    Imran Khan must has to respect his and PTI’s workers and loyal because if Imran Khan says that his workers are his assets and wants change by his workers then for Imran Khan his workers’ opinion regarding coalition and seat adjustment with any party first and foremost must be respectable and honorable and Imran Khan must has to take into confidence his workers before taking any step regarding seat adjustment with any party and if not then Imran Khan may/shall loose his credibility,trustworthiness and popularity in his workers’ hearts and thus PTI may/shall face the loss and defeat in the next general elections…….


  • Khalid Nadeem
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:07AM

    @faizan: Australia won cricket world cup number of times,west indies were on top for long,india,even sirilankans were on top.
    what happened if we won the world cup decades back and intend to handover the Pak to a captain-Retired,Recommend

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