ISLAMABAD, July 1: Ignoring reservations by some local leaders, the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) has finally decided to award party ticket to Asad Umar for the by-election to be held on the National Assembly seat (NA-48) from Islamabad on August 22.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s parliamentary board presided over by PTI Chairman Imran Khan, says an official announcement here on Monday.

The NA-48 seat fell vacant after PTI President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, who had won the elections from this urban seat of the capital, decided to vacate the seat. He retained his home town seat in Multan.

The PTI Parliamentary Board members also reviewed the plan for the upcoming by-polls and discussed the names of the candidates.

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July 2, 2013 8:18 pm

Among PTI's Taliban crowd, Asad Umar is one Non-Taliban guy. He is refined and has proven track record, one reason could be that because he is not pakhtoon and a graduate from IBA. It would be difficult for him to win this seat as Javed Hashmi had sympathy of PML(N) voters as well and in last 30 days PTI is unable to plan anything concrete to fight terrorism in KPK.

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