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Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.—File Photo

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI’s) Ejaz Chaudhry and Dr Yasmin Rashid group on Monday swept intra-party elections in three Punjab regions– south, west and north – upsetting Ahsan Rasheed’s group. The candidates contested for 24 seats in the three regions.

In the west region, Mr Chaudhry and Dr Rashid group posted a thumping majority as the panel led by Rai Hasan (president) and Faizullah Kamoka (general secretary) obtained 186 votes against Ahsan Rasheed group’s six votes.

In the south region, the panel led by Noor Baba (president) and Aun Abbas Bappi (general secretary) won with a clear lead of 65 votes. According to reports, polling in south region began two hours late owing to a conflict with regard to status of Multan district’s results.

In Punjab’s north region, a panel led by Sadaqat Ali Abbasi (president) and Hina Manzoor (general secretary) won with a margin of 36 votes.

Talking to Dawn, Mr Chaudhry said PTI workers had elected the grassroots level workers as their leaders and this group would nurture the PTI in its essence and colour. He said the group would announce its candidates for PTI Punjab president and general secretary seats on Tuesday (today).

Dr Rashid said the Punjab regional elections were held in a very congenial manner and the party workers had brought forward a strong leadership from grassroots level besides strengthening party base in urban as well as rural parts of the province.

Owing to the cancellation of district and towns elections (except that for presidents and general secretaries) in Lahore, the Punjab’s central region elections were delayed and had now been re-scheduled for Wednesday (tomorrow).

PTI intra-party elections for 172 seats in Lahore district and 10 towns were held peacefully at Aiwan-i-Iqbal on Monday.

Despite elections scheduled for the third time in Lahore, the PTI workers showed high spirit response at the party elections.

PTI Lahore President Abdul Aleem Khan said the Unity Group has won all seats of Lahore district and 10 towns.Congratulating the winners, Mr Khan said that now he was a president of PTI Lahore and not of a particular group. He said the PTI Lahore chapter would play its vital role in party’s biggest March 23 public meeting at Minar-i-Pakistan.

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Comments (16) Closed

Falcon Mar 12, 2013 06:04am
This is true democracy. Certainly a high road taken by PTI.
Afzal Khan Mar 12, 2013 06:47am
Congratulation to Imran Khan and the PTI I hope you win the entire country. Good luck
havi Mar 12, 2013 03:57am
Congrate PTI !Keep it up and nation is with you
shariq Mar 12, 2013 02:53am
an over all good gesture by imran khan and his political campaign, hope other parties will learn something, best of luck IK
mehboobmalik Mar 12, 2013 05:38am
Well done, this is the start of a new era in Pakistan.
Asif baloch Mar 12, 2013 07:42pm
thank you imran khan for completation of intra party election and now start for the final goal our full street and mohallah are with you muhammad Asif khan khushab city
Aamir Mar 12, 2013 07:58am
Thumbs up for PTI
Cyrus Howell Mar 12, 2013 08:42am
Have no fear. If the PTI comes to power cricket will not be banned.
Cyrus Howell Mar 12, 2013 08:43am
The ball is rolling.
Asif Kahsmiri Mar 12, 2013 08:56am
Well done Imran Khan, well done PTI and well done Pakistan.
M.Asghar Mar 12, 2013 09:07am
Democracy is buding at grass-root level for the PTI,but they still have to be aware of the feudal forces in the country side, where the majority of te electorate live under their control.
asif Mar 12, 2013 10:37am
being an overseas pakistani imran khan is the only man who make me feel sense of proudness being a pakistani ,and no wonder this nation is in such a mess as they question the honesty and dedication of this great gift of god to pakistan,please vote for this lover of pakistan
G.Nabi Mar 12, 2013 10:44am
A welcome break from dynastic politics - Well done PTI.
Salim Mar 12, 2013 11:33am
Jalsa Politics: Ik is trying to come back thinking big Jalsas will help. PTI is supported by young people and they will come to Lahore Jalsa from all over Pakistan. PTI has elected 80,000 members and if each brings 6 other people, it will be 4 to 5 lakh people. Unfortunately, it may be good for propaganda, but hoistory had told us that Big Jalsas do not mean anything. IK need to plan carefully as big Jalsas will not win him seats. This is unfortunate to see that Wealthy People like Abdul Aleem winning elections where as die hard groups who have supported PTI for years have lost.
Malikpur - Janderbari - Abbottabad Mar 12, 2013 12:08pm
i 100% guarantee no change can be brought by these kids... we have 200million sheeps country and only by raising slogans or abusing nawaz sharif nothing can be changed...... election politics is something different than the jalsas. After Gen Pasha pti lost its popularity which is proof of support by agencies!
imran Mar 13, 2013 11:02am
My friend i agree with you to some extent, but i would mostly disagree with you. People aren't sheep and kids. There is no wrong in calling a bad person a bad person. We all know what our past politicians have done to this country, but still millions line up to vote for them, either because they don't know their real face, or they are just ignorant or blatently sticking with these for their personal interests. We can forgive the ones who dont know the reality, but we need to teach them, because we cant leave them ignorant forever and these Feudals, including PMLN, PMLQ PPP and other would never let people get educated, because if that happens, they would lose their lame integrity. I criticise Imran Khan for various things, but i dont question his intent and honesty, he is not corrupt like others, If he wants to do something for the ocuntry let him do that, by doing what you are doing now you are not doing favor to your country. I am not a die hard fan. General Pasha could give money to PTI but he cant bring hundreds of thousands of people. I hope people start seeing and stop day dreaming and realize we are about to collapse because of these corrupt people. Lets collectively do something for Pakistan before its too late.