PTI chief Imran Khan. — Photo by INP/File

PESHAWAR, Feb 10: The old guards of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) have lost ground to the newcomers in the intra-party elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as except Malakand division founding members of the party have been shown the door by those, who joined Imran Khan only a year or so ago.

In tree towns of Peshawar district, the intra-party elections of PTI were won by the group of new entrants, led by PMA Pervez Khan Khattak. Only in Town-I, the old workers were able to elect a panel supported by PTI former president Asad Qaisar.

Khattak and Asad are in the run for the slot of provincial president of PTI.

Some of the losers in Peshawar said that elections were transparent and other political parties should follow PTI and hold intra-party elections.

“We are proud that our party has taken lead in holding intra-party elections at union council, tehsil and district levels. It is unprecedented because none of the parties in the country has ever held elections,” said Zafarullah Khattak, PTI former president of Peshawar city.

Zafarullah Khattak, who ran for the slot of general secretary but lost, said that elections were democratic process that didn’t dent their resolve to support PTI in its campaign against the present ‘rotten’ system.

“We will continue to support Imran Khan as we have been doing for the past 16 years. We will continue our struggle within the party,” he said.

Other senior PTI members, who were routed in the elections, said that they had reservations over the electoral lists and influence of the new entrants to manipulate the elections and communicated the same to the election commission.

“We are awaiting the outcome of our complaints regarding the eligibility of Yasin Khalil, a former nazim and president-elect of Peshawar. According to PTI’s constitution, he stands ineligible to become PTI office-bearer,” one of them said.

A senior leader of the party said that an email reply from the provincial election commission a fortnight ago had assured them that those, who didn’t fulfil PTI membership criteria would stand disqualified even if they were elected.

Not furious at the defeat of old party guards in the intra-party election, he said that complaints had also been lodged with the election commission of the party regarding printed mistakes in ballot papers and absence of computerised identity card numbers that created confusion.

The division within the old party workers also failed to put up a matching response to battle against the new but unified group. The old workers stood divided in three different groups that gave clear edge to their rivals. “Election results are not surprising given the prevalent disunity among old PTI workers but they still have bright chances to win the provincial president seat,” he said.

Elections for the slot of PTI provincial president would take place within two weeks and the Asad Qaisar-led group believes it will win, arguing it has got elected more tehsil presidents in the province and each one of them is member of the provincial council that constitutes electoral college for electing provincial president.

The members of Pervez Khattak group are also undeterred and say they would settle their matters within the party constitution. “Elections in the party are of historic significance and would prove detrimental in producing genuine and representative leadership,” said an elected office-bearer in Peshawar.

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Muhammad Ahmed Mufti
Feb 11, 2013 05:21pm
Pakistan's biggest problem is population time bomb. In 1970 west Pakistan was 70 million. Today it is 180 million. So how is it not a problem? If we had maintained the population growth we could have been the most prosperous nation today. Yes even with the corrupt leaders!!
Rana Rizwan
Feb 12, 2013 07:33pm
That's called the democratic party
Feb 12, 2013 03:14am
This is how true democracy works not as my property or family run company.
Feb 11, 2013 11:15pm
I commend the strong leadership of PTI and their resolve to bring about the real democratic process in Pakistan. This is now the ONLY choice we have to move forward
Feb 11, 2013 10:45pm
No, Pakistan's problem are people who can only blame "leaders" and can not take responsibility for their own actions.
Feb 11, 2013 10:57am
May Allah help PTI
Feb 11, 2013 12:56pm
PTI ... we are with you.
Feb 11, 2013 11:31am
I beg to differ! Pakistan's problem is not it's polulation. Pakistan's problem is and has always been corrupt officials who have looted this country down to the last rupee.
Feb 11, 2013 05:27pm
A elected person should take his own accound and see if he is fit to run for election. Is he running for public office because his desire to correct and lead the area he/she represent? Too often we have people in public office cuz they want to make money, influence power or they are just proxy for other people's bidding.
Adeel Shah
Feb 11, 2013 05:22pm
Imran Khan might be an honest and caring person. But he is a "single focus" person. His temperament does not suit to be a politician especially for the nation which is heterogeneous. It would take a person which knows how to work through high odds and can piece together the different segment of the society. He sets a goal and shoots for it not matter what happens which is a good approach for the sportsman but not for a political figure of the national stature. Washington DC
Feb 11, 2013 05:17pm
Vote for PTI to build a new Pakistan.
Feb 11, 2013 07:58pm
Never heard of intra-party elections in Pakistan. Good job, keep it up.
Feb 11, 2013 04:32pm
Well said. Yes, corruption is the core of problem in Pakistan. People are a resource with their arms., legs and brains that must be put to work and used as an excuse.
Feb 12, 2013 03:45pm
Population becomes problem when there is no governance. Our country is being managed by the most corrupt people so what do you expect...........we need change for good...
Feb 11, 2013 04:27pm
Has anyone read the meaning of "detrimental"? Dawn should be really careful with their translations...
Feb 11, 2013 12:25pm
Abdul j Sheikh
Feb 11, 2013 07:05pm
you are the living proof .
Feb 11, 2013 09:07am
asal cheez yeh hay .. assembly kay election kay liyay kon aaey ga !! .. yeh saray topi dramay hain ..
Feb 11, 2013 08:37am
We need new honest patriotic people, who can bring about positive change, it won't happen overnite, yet we need to change the perception. Education, family planning, energy, jobs. Most of all slow down the birth rate, the highest in the world. Allah SWT has given us a brain, we need to use it in a rational way not just emotionally.
Nasser Ali Khan
Feb 11, 2013 03:22pm
People (politicians or otherwise) become corrupt when there is no effective system of accountability. It is as simple as that. Installing such a system and ensuring that it continues to function is a very difficult task, I agree. But we must first establish what needs to be done. Clear thinking is very much order of the day. Wake up Pakistanis.