pti s: Imran dissolves PTI’s organisational set-up after shock defeat in KP – Times of India


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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s ruling party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), on Friday dissolved its organisational structure following a humiliating defeat in a recently held first phase of local bodies polls in its stronghold of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province in the northwest.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad after Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan chaired a meeting of PTI’s senior leaders, information minister Fawad Chaudhry said that Khan has expressed serious dissatisfaction over the party’s performance in KP’s local bodies polls.
“Since party tickets were distributed on the basis of nepotism as against the principles of fairness and merit, PM Khan is very upset. PTI does not believe in dynastic politics,” said Chaudhry, adding that in the light of the situation, the party has decided to dissolve its organisational structure across Pakistan.
The meeting, the minister said, has decided to form a new constitutional committee to devise a strategy for the second phase of the polls in KP.
Khan’s party has been in power in KP for over eight years. In 2018 general elections, the PTI had won more than two-third of seats to national and provincial assemblies.
PTI’s former government in KP had played a crucial role in Khan’s dramatic rise to power. The entire provincial government machinery was used for agitation against the government of former PM Nawaz Sharif. Khan had fully used the first chance given to his party to rule a province in 2013 for his campaign against Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari.
PTI’s defeat in KP’s recent election, however, came at the hands of the right-wing Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F), Imran and his party’s biggest political rival. The second phase of polls in the province will be held next month in Hazara and Malakand divisions, the former strongholds of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which was ruled out by PTI in 2018 elections.
The defeat in KP has alarmed Khan about the situation in Sharif’s stronghold of Punjab, where local bodies election will be held in March.

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