Slashing dual posts: PTI nominates Azam Swati for party president in K-P

Published: December 3, 2013
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Azam Swati will replace Asad Qaiser as speaker of K-P Assembly. PHOTO: FILE

Azam Swati will replace Asad Qaiser as speaker of K-P Assembly. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday nominated Azam Khan Swati as president and Khalid Masood as general secretary of the party’s Khyber Pukhtunkhwa wing.

In a press release issued on Tuesday from the office of the PTI Secretary General Jehangir Khan Tarin, the party announced that Swati will replace the speaker of K-P Assembly Asad Qaiser as provincial head while Masood will replace Shaukat Yousafzai (also the K-P Minister for Health) as General Secretary.

The decision was taken after a party core committee meeting.

On November 8, Awami National Party (ANP) leader Sardar Hussain Babak filed a writ petition at Peshawar High Court (PHC) challenging the dual posts of Asad Qaiser as speaker of the K-P Assembly and provincial president of PTI.

The petitioner claimed the speaker was engaged in political activities and taking sides during assembly proceedings.

On November 21, a two-member division bench of the PHC gave Asad Qaiser’s counsel a two-week deadline for submitting a report on whether or not the lawmaker could legitimately hold dual offices.

The Express Tribune also reported yesterday that infighting had broken out between PTI lawmakers on the issue of dual position-holders in the Abbottabad district.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Mirza
    Dec 4, 2013 - 1:33AM

    Finally a blatant wrong undone under the threat of high court and law suit. When the president was forced to vacate his political post and political activities the speaker of the houses has no business keeping a political face. They could have save their party from all this embarrassment and political bickering.

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  • Hassan
    Dec 4, 2013 - 5:53AM

    May be PML(N) should do the same and remove CM Punjab and PM from their party positions? For them it will be a family business, one Sharif replaces another Sharif

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