Founding member of PTI raises concerns over intra-party elections

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KARACHI: In a significant development, Akbar S. Babar, a founding member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) released a video statement addressing serious concerns about the state of affairs within the PTI. He expressed worry about the party’s internal dynamics, emphasising that the symbol of the bat, symbolising PTI, is currently at stake.

According to Babar, PTI’s recent intra-party election has been labeled a “drama,” with allegations of procedural irregularities and the denial of basic democratic rights to founding members and other party leaders/workers. He asserted that an intra-party election commission should be formed, and the election results should be set aside until the concerns are adequately addressed.

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One of the key issues highlighted in Babar’s statement is the absence of a voter list in accordance with the party constitution. He argued that neither the nomination papers nor the voters’ information was provided during a visit to the Central Secretariat, raising questions about the transparency and fairness of the election process.

The video statement also revealed that Imran Khan’s cousin, Saeedullah Niazi, alongside other founding members, expressed a desire to contest the intra-party elections. However, the alleged shortcomings in the election procedures have heightened difficulties within the party.

Earlier, on the event of Barrister Gohar Ali Khan being appointed as the chairman candidate, Babar had expressed strong disagreement. Soon after that, he announced that he would be challenging PTI’s intra-party election.

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