PTI shortlists first batch of ticket-holders for upcoming polls

  •  Imran Khan to contest from Lahore, Mianwali
  • Tickets for Shah Mahmood, Tareen, Fawwad finalised too 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday shortlisted party tickets for 71 National Assembly constituencies, including PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Secretary General Jahangir Tareen, Secretary Information Shafqat Mahmood, Spokesman Fawwad Chaudhry and others.

An informed source in the party told Pakistan Today that the party’s top decision-making body which met here with Imran Khan in the chair finalised party tickets in wake of the party’s decision to kick-start preparations for the upcoming general elections.

“The first batch of party ticket for National Assembly has been decided and the same would soon be announced,” the source added.

The source said that the party has, for the time being, decided two National Assembly constituencies from Punjab province for Imran Khan.

“Imran Khan would contest from NA-122 Lahore and NA-71 Mianwali. Shah Mahmood Qureshi would also contest from more than two NA constituencies from Punjab,” the source said.

When contacted, PTI Spokesman Fawwad Chaudhry confirmed that the party has finalised the first batch of party tickets for National Assembly elections.

Replying to a question regarding former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s march on GT Road, Fawwad Chaudhry said the PTI was not panicked at all about the march.

“We are not panicked. Since it is an election year, we feel that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is preparing itself for the upcoming elections and Nawaz Sharif is leading a rally just to mobilise his party workers for gearing up election campaign. So we welcome this step,” he said.

He asserted that the PTI had also planned a jalsa in Lahore but it had called off its planned rally in Lahore so that the PML-N could carry out its rally.

“Now we have decided to join the jalsa already announced by Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed in Rawalpindi on August 13. We cancelled Lahore rally and now we will attend Pindi rally,” he added.

He said that the PML-N looked perturbed and despite the lapse of four days, the PML-N government has failed in finalising its 43-member Federal Cabinet.

He said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is yet to appoint a National Security Advisor (NSA).

“Moreover, there is no official word yet about the fate of those ministers who also took the oath but neither they have been assigned portfolios nor the Cabinet Division has issued notifications about their appointment as ministers,” he asserted.

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