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Supporters of of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf shout slogans during a rally. — Photo by AFP/File

ATTOCK, Feb 26: A peasant here on Tuesday defeated a wealthy businessman and landlord and was elected the district president of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI). With elections for the 72 union councils of the district having been held three weeks ago, the intra-party election process in Attock is now complete.

The chairman of the PTI district election commission, Rafique Hussain Niazi, confirmed that peasant Waheed Murad garnered 432 votes while his rival Sardar Mumtaz Khan, a landlord, received 360. Murad had the support of Malik Suhail Khan, running for NA-58 Attock-II, and former MPA Syed Ejaz Bukhari, who is contesting PP-15 Attock-I. Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, who was elected unopposed to the position of district general secretary, and former state minister Malik Amin Aslam supported Mumtaz Khan.

The polling station, at a hotel in Attock, was crowded from the opening of voting at 9am until closing at 5pm.

Around 900 PTI workers from six tehsils gathered with supporters of both candidates attempting to gather votes. While some disagreements ensued - over mismanagement of the polling station or workers not being allowed to vote due to missing membership cards - leaders of both camps described the disagreement as positive and democratic. "After the elections, the PTI will be united," they said.

In other elections, Mohammad Zubair Tanoli and Mohammad Faazil Khan Wardik were elected unopposed as the district's senior vice-presidents.

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Janjuah Feb 27, 2013 07:01pm
you may be right Sandip but thats how the change will come though slowly but we must hope that it will both in India and Pakistan....
Aamir Cheema Feb 27, 2013 09:11am
nothing to cheer about as peasant had the support of land lords rival to the candidate.
Janjuah Feb 27, 2013 11:43am
May God bless Imran with long and healthy life... He is actually the leader of common people.
Azi Feb 27, 2013 10:45am
Now that is real democracy.......Good job Imran khan, Please make Pakistan once again a world known country just like your world cup cricket match.....we are all with you ......Go Imran GO
Asif Kahsmiri Feb 27, 2013 09:50am
the change has began.. I salute you IMRAN KHAN
irfan Feb 27, 2013 09:30am
Now, this is the change we are looking for, they are the really brave people.
Adnan Feb 27, 2013 09:49am
More news like these can revive the popularity of PTI again to the level where it was after 25 Dec 2011 or even more,
Bakka Feb 27, 2013 09:16am
This is real democracy and needs to be reflected in mainstream family led parties.
qq Feb 27, 2013 10:27am
Really like this , disagreement before inter party election and then one party after election , that real democracy
Abdul Feb 27, 2013 09:35am
PTI doing justice inside its party and we hope it brings justice in Pakistan...InshAllah Amen
Yousuf Feb 27, 2013 08:41am
Only Imran Khan.Only PTI.Yes We Can
A Z KHAN Feb 27, 2013 06:41pm
Why FEUDALISM in 21st century at all exist?
fasmik Feb 27, 2013 08:00am
PTI our only hope.
Sarfraz Khan Feb 27, 2013 04:41pm
PTI has been the only good news coming out of Pakistan for the last 12 years.
dude Feb 27, 2013 07:32am
Now, that's what we call Change !!
Bhatti Feb 27, 2013 09:05am
This is extremly good amen both for democracy, Pakistan and PTI.
sraz45 Feb 27, 2013 07:02am
Kudos to Imran Khan, that is the surprise that Pakistan needs right now to change its course for a better and prosperous future. Insha Allah
Dr. Amer Malik Feb 27, 2013 07:20pm
But this peasant was being supported by an ex-MPA, and a wealthy person who wants to run for MNA. Change will be when a peasant sits in the halls of the grand assemblies, not that he gets a union council seat for a party elections, on the condition that he recommends the name of his financier for an assembly seat (according to PTI rules)
AMalik Feb 27, 2013 06:47am
Democracy in action. Perhaps there IS a future.
Israr Khan IsmailZai. Feb 27, 2013 06:47am
PTI is the real and only democratic party of Pakistan. INSHALLAH Imran Khan will become the next PM of Pakistan.
just_someone Feb 27, 2013 06:46am
to all those who think democracy is a farce, this is what REAL democracy can do. Let us strive to build a truly democratic system in our country and we will see great things like this happen over and over again!
sri1ram Feb 27, 2013 10:19am
Hopefully this is the norm rather than the exception. Pak should abolish feudalism like never before, taking into consideration what India did in the fifties!
M Sajid Feb 27, 2013 09:42am
Does PML -N and PPP has the courage to follow suit in the backdrop of their bogus claims that they represent the masses.
Nadeem Ahmed Feb 28, 2013 01:33pm
that's real change
Saad Feb 27, 2013 06:26am
Well done Imran Khan. Once again you have proved yourself worthy of our trust and our votes.
Noman Feb 28, 2013 03:24pm
This is not the question who is good and who is bad, It was landlord vs Poor.
sfomann Feb 27, 2013 06:12am
I truly believe that PTI led by the strong and honest leadership of Imran Khan is the only chance we have now to save Pakistan from this turmoil.
LOL Feb 27, 2013 06:06am
The Great Khan the Giant of Equity and in the field. Pakistan will once again stand tall among nations. The Feudals take heed. You may lose your serfs.
Asad Feb 27, 2013 05:24am
This is what i call change. News like these are now a common occurrence. Good job PTI
kam Feb 28, 2013 07:05pm
Still its a step in the right direction. Better than having no intra party elections isn,t it.??
Umer Feb 27, 2013 04:50am
Behold !! Change is coming.
Sandip Feb 27, 2013 04:12pm
And with this great journey of one peasent becoming land lord begins. Thats what happened in India and Pakistan not being so different doubt it will be any different (Look at Mayawati's party)
Qasim Feb 27, 2013 03:52pm
Congs to PTI. It is start of change!
Aftabghulam Feb 28, 2013 06:53pm
Maybe you are living on moon here things are getting out of control very fast, cultural religious humanity humbleness uncontrollable corruption. The awnser to this ? Is now or never.
Goga Nalaik Feb 27, 2013 11:38am
Good example for other parties ... Imran is definitely scoring points
khanm Feb 27, 2013 11:19am
it is time to bring in the change. The change will come only only thru its citizens. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Salman Feb 27, 2013 10:48am
Inshallah, PTI will make the next government
ysk Feb 28, 2013 08:51am
Time for the peasant to enrich himself many others
iqbal Feb 27, 2013 09:57am
At this time anyone will be better than ppp. People need to save Pakistan and get the ppp thieves out.
Pro Truth Feb 27, 2013 01:11pm
People started to make sane decisions even in party elections. Very reason the family parties are scared to hold true elections!
Jshark Feb 27, 2013 02:13pm
This is democracy at its best!
Arif Feb 27, 2013 04:42am
Democracy in action. Will PPP and PML (N) try to emulate this revolution ?
Sharjeel Feb 28, 2013 12:00pm
lets hope not. if this happens, then we (the People) would have no more reason to blame politicians. Hum sarein hein hi aisay)
Ihtesham Kayani Feb 27, 2013 02:44pm
The real face of democracy.
Saima Feb 28, 2013 01:55pm
Good news. I hope this peasant does not turn out to be another Jamshaid Dasti ????? May Allah help us in electing the righteous leader who could bring justice, harmony and good fortunes for our country through his good works. Ameen.
Arif Feb 28, 2013 03:11pm
I hope the peasant was raised by parents who taught him equality, decency, justice and how to become a human being - and was not raised by waderas.
BBB Feb 28, 2013 10:31am
aren't they both from PTI? how come one is good and other is bad?
umesh bhagwat Feb 28, 2013 12:53am
pakistan is changing!
BBB Feb 28, 2013 10:27am
Now its there time to loot...
Usman Ajmal (@Usman_OnTheMoon) Feb 28, 2013 02:10am
Well, DAWN news actually reporting on the ground realities rather than unfounded rumours? That's something new.
Wg Cdr (r) Fardad Ali Shah Feb 28, 2013 02:33pm
Dr Amer is smack on. No elaboration needed!
Michael Sirdar Feb 28, 2013 03:24am
Party elections are healthy political omen.
Pakistani Feb 28, 2013 05:17pm
Good luck PTI. Hope and pray you will win the next general election and win enough seats to make government in center and at least two provinces.people are tired of this American neo con slaves ruling on us. Just hope you people are claiming will be able to deliver at least 33 % of that. May God save Pakistan.
Mustafa Razavi Feb 28, 2013 05:34am
Don't forget the other gang of dacoits.
Mustafa Razavi Feb 28, 2013 05:39am
The tsunami cometh, feudals be ware.
SMA Feb 28, 2013 05:44am
Hope for the best!
ikhan01 Feb 28, 2013 05:15pm
One's GOOD but the other is BETTER!! Change~here it comes!
Nazir K Ali Feb 28, 2013 06:08am
This is a clarion to the peasants of Sindh to open their eyes and wake up to the call of civilized seasons or continue to be lost in servitude to the waderas. The reality of change started in KP when the Taliban started 'potting off' the maliks in good measure. Imran Khan is the person who respects the poor man and the 'winds of change' are blowing across Pakistan. How much time it will take is unknown but the prayer is to get it over quick and get on ahead with our lives. The PTI must do strongly at the polls, especially in the National Assembly, to capture an enviable number of seats and substantially fracture the hold of the PPP and PMLN. No matter what opposes them, Inshallah the youth of 18 years and above is a solid force to reckon with. What is required is 'staying power.' Inshallah they will acquire it with patience, prayer and counseling by colleagues. To quote, "Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment" (Rita Mae Brown). Salams to Pakistan 2013 and PTI.
AQEEL Feb 28, 2013 06:24am
akhtar Feb 28, 2013 06:39am
PTI wish u the best of luck. Hope you will honour your promises and will not become Z A BHUTTO.
K G Surendran Feb 28, 2013 07:36am
Extremely good news for democracy.
salman Feb 28, 2013 08:00am
Brilliant - the zamindars hegemony is now challenged , lesson for the rest run and hide tsunami is coming to get ya all