Disgruntled: PTI insiders accuse Khattak, Qaiser of favouring relatives for by-polls

Published: June 14, 2013
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PTI members maintain Khattak and Qaiser are working on allocating party tickets for NA-5 and NA-13 to Khattak’s son-in-law Dr Imran, and Qaiser’s brother Waheed Khan, respectively. PHOTO: FILE

PTI members maintain Khattak and Qaiser are working on allocating party tickets for NA-5 and NA-13 to Khattak’s son-in-law Dr Imran, and Qaiser’s brother Waheed Khan, respectively. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: National Assembly (NA) seats vacated by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) leaders Asad Qaiser and Pervez Khattak are being manipulated to the advantage of close relatives of the two, alleged PTI members.

NA-5 Nowshera and NA-13 Swabi were won by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak and K-P Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar in the May 11 elections. As their titles suggest, the two chose to retain their provincial seats. And now cries of foul play are afloat.

PTI members wishing to remain anonymous maintain Khattak and Qaiser are working on allocating party tickets for NA-5 and NA-13 to Khattak’s son-in-law Dr Imran, and Qaiser’s brother Waheed Khan, respectively.

“There are more deserving candidates who should get the tickets for the vacated NA seats but nepotism is supreme in the party at the moment,” complained a disgruntled party leader.

Iqbal Hussain Khattak is one of the best candidates from NA-5, and, the leader added, as far as NA-13 is concerned Haji Asif, Sajid Khan and Anwar Haqdad are the worthwhile nominees instead of Qaiser’s brother Waheed.

After cherry-picking reserved seats for their close relatives, the CM and speaker are attempting to award NA tickets to more relatives, claimed a person familiar with the matter.

“What happened to party chief Imran Khan’s stance on not allowing ‘parachute landings’ on seats?”

Protesting the portfolios

PTI office bearers from Peshawar district organised a protest after 12 members of the provincial cabinet took oath at the Governor House on Thursday.

Party members gathered in front of the Peshawar Press Club to register their discontent with the PTI leadership on the “unacceptable” distribution of party portfolios.

PTI leaders Irfan Saleem from PK-1 Peshawar, Zahid Nadeem from PK-2, and Riaz Ahmad from PK-3 led the demonstration, claiming Peshawar was ignored in the allocation of ministerial slots.

“The old PTI fold is uneasy about the decision to not include MPA Javed Naseem in the provincial cabinet,” pointed out Riaz Ahmad.

The protesting PTI workers were of the view that CM Khattak and assembly speaker Qaiser made ‘discretionary’ decisions to include ‘blue-eyed’ men in the provincial cabinet. They asked Imran to include Naseem, the MPA from PK-3 Peshawar, in addition to addressing their grievances.

According to PTI insiders, there is growing discontent within the party, which seems less united than it previously was.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • S.Nasir Mehdi
    Jun 14, 2013 - 1:21AM

    It is imperative to give detailed CV of every minister to ascertain his qualification and justification of his appointment. It should apply to all central and provincial ministers

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  • Dr.X
    Jun 14, 2013 - 5:43AM

    If this is the case, the situation needs to be rectified. But at least there is room and opportunity for dissent in PTI. No one dares raise the issue in PML and PPP. Actually, if you praise the Sharif and Bhutto family insanely enough, you might just get an office.Recommend

  • Zubair
    Jun 14, 2013 - 10:47AM

    First the Speaker and CM should give away all the plans for favouring their relatives.

    Secondly, the MPA’s from Peshawar should respect the decision of Imran Khan and not force him to allot them seats..they should focus more on “performance” than on “ministries” and should trust Imran Khan blindly as voters trusted him. The voters never asked Imran Khan for whome you want vote, they just voted you because of IK.

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  • MAD
    Jun 14, 2013 - 12:43PM

    While I oppose any move to give tikets to relatives of Pervaz Khattak and Asad Qaiser knowing that ministers were finalized by Imran Khan himself certainly leaves little room for protest. Most of those elected owe their election to Imran Khan and PTI rather than their vote bank which is miniscule. and Asad Qaiser trying to lay claim to a hereditary tweet is laughable given that last time he contested in 2002 he got all of 75 votes. PK already has enough relatives elected.

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  • Anusha Naqvi
    Jun 14, 2013 - 2:56PM

    Hence proven that the much-trumpeted intra-party elections was merely an eyewash.
    The seats have been, and are still being, doled out to the cronies in PTI’s who’s who!

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  • Muhammad Malhan Khan
    Jun 14, 2013 - 9:10PM

    PTI will give tickets on merit only in bye-elections, any sort of propaganda must be condemned, Long Live Pakistan, Long Live Democracy, Long Live PTI.

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  • Imran
    Jun 14, 2013 - 10:33PM

    And this is how I met the reality of PTI lol!

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  • hidayat
    Jun 24, 2013 - 9:08AM

    This media era and it will be against PTI ideology if tickets in Bye-election are alloted to relatives as both have no political weight neither in PTI nor in public. This would badly image PTI. It is hoped that Imran Khan would use sense and stop induction of hereditary politics.

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