Imran Khan, the head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has stirred things up in the run-up to the upcoming general elections. According to recent reports, Imran Khan has put the brakes on the ticket distribution process within PTI, making it clear that no tickets will be handed out without his explicit approval. This move has also affected the functionality of PTI’s central parliamentary board.
In this latest twist, Imran Khan has instructed the PTI Chairman not to proceed with issuing tickets without his say-so. He has specifically directed Barrister Gohar to be part of the decision-making process for candidate selection.
Why this sudden change? It seems Imran Khan wants a hands-on approach, especially when it comes to ticket distribution. Reports suggest that he aims to allocate tickets with a 50-50 split – half for former candidates and half for new faces, including lawyers. Imran Khan has taken a personal interest in deciding whether to grant a ticket to Barrister Gohar, who is also a former Punjab Governor.
Moreover, Imran Khan has laid out a clear policy for those seeking to rejoin the party. Vice President Shahzad Waseem elaborated that Chairman Imran Khan insisted that individuals who did not show commitment during the party convention, refrained from making statements against PTI, and did not participate in press conferences against the party would not be considered for tickets. The message is clear: loyalty matters.
Imran Khan emphasized that those who remained loyal to PTI, refrained from making anti-party statements, and did not join other political factions would be given priority. The party is keen on giving an opportunity to those who stood by PTI during challenging times. As discussions unfold, Imran Khan has requested a list of candidates and actively participated in conversations related to conventions and elections, particularly focusing on the upcoming events in Punjab. The Chairman expressed satisfaction with the conventions held in Balochistan, signaling a dynamic approach in shaping PTI’s strategy for the electoral battleground.