Tehreek-i-Insaf candidates: ‘Tickets awarded on merit’

Published: April 4, 2013
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Mehar claimed that the ILF office bearers had been promised party tickets by Imran Khan and other senior leaders. PHOTO: FILE

Mehar claimed that the ILF office bearers had been promised party tickets by Imran Khan and other senior leaders. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) central information secretary Shafqat Mehmood said on Wednesday that the party’s parliamentary board had rejected most of the candidates recommended by PTI Lahore chapter.

He said the Central Parliamentary Board (CPB) had decided to award tickets on merit. “The CPB discussed each candidate at length and those with good reputations have been granted tickets,” Mehmood said.

Abdul Aleem Khan, the PTI Lahore Chapter president, had earlier recommended three candidates [for national and provincial assemblies] from each constituency in Lahore.

Among them were Shoaib Siddiqui, Nazeer Chohan, Nasrullah Mughal, Mian Javed Ali, Irshad Dogar, Zulqarnain Taj, Farrukh Javed Moon, Abdul Rasheed Bhatti, Jamil Asghar Bhatti and Sardar Kamil Umer.

Most of the candidates were in real estate business and favoured by Aleem Khan for that reason, a party leader seeking anonymity told The Express Tribune.

He said some of the ‘favoured candidates’ from the Unity Group were accused of rigging in the party elections.

He said Imran Khan had assured the potential candidates that tickets would be awarded on merit.

“The decision to give tickets to Aleem Khan and Chaudhry Mansha Sindhu for NA-127 and NA-130 has been unpopular,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Insaf Lawyers Forum (ILF) Lahore Chapter president Fayyaz Mehar has decided to stage a province-wide protest against the party’s decision to ‘ignore’ lawyers in awarding party tickets.

Mehar claimed that the ILF office bearers had been promised party tickets by Imran Khan and other senior leaders.

He said the CPB had not granted a single ticket to ILF office bearers. He said ILF would set up a camp outside Imran Khan’s residence to protest. A press conference would be held on Thursday [today], he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 4th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Khan
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:11AM

    IK no need to worry,, just allot tickets on merit..people are with u

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  • Shahrukh
    Apr 4, 2013 - 12:14PM

    Everyone wants a ticket but IK should decide on its ability to win along with the candidate’s ideology and social standing. True ideological workers will not leave just because they weren’t given a ticket like Inamullah Niazi who did not leave PTI even after he was denied NA ticket.

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  • bilal
    Apr 4, 2013 - 12:55PM

    caption knw how too withdraw pressure

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  • red and green
    Apr 4, 2013 - 3:58PM

    We are with you IK

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  • sab sach heh
    Apr 4, 2013 - 5:09PM

    PTI is on track and soon there will be no difference between them and the other parties..

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  • Okara man
    Apr 4, 2013 - 5:58PM

    The win of PTI will give happiness to my family hope also

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  • Fawad
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Merit cannot be compromised on…come what may…

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  • Asad
    Apr 5, 2013 - 12:32AM

    they should all learn from omer zaheer

    from his twitter handle
    As party gave responsibility 2 Dr Yasmeen I accept party discipline & wish her best I’ve always & will continue 2 work 4 #Change

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  • Muhammad Ismail
    Apr 10, 2013 - 8:38AM

    Asslam o alaikum dear khan hope you well and be strong Insha Allah
    be hope full and keep right path I mean dont get blackmail success will be with you Insha Allah
    Ameen

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  • naseer ahmed
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:50PM

    i am living in wah cantt there ticket was given to those persons one is ghulam sarwar and other taimoor masood malik. Ghulam sarwar was the solder of musahraf and he change parties habitually and Mr. taimoor character is same. Mr taimoor malik known as loofer. what is the merit of his choice for making newstrong text pakistan. .Recommend

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