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Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chief, Imran Khan. — File Photo
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chief, Imran Khan. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: A tug of war has erupted among the leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) with the party’s Chief Election Commissioner Hamid Khan challenging a ruling of Chairman Imran Khan about party posts held by some people in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

Advocate Hamid Khan had issued a notification on Tuesday removing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak from the post of PTI secretary general. He also removed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Health Minister Shaukat Yousafzai from the posts of the party’s provincial president and general secretary.

However, the PTI chairman intervened from London, where he has gone for a medical check-up, announcing that only the central executive committee (CEC) had the authority to take a decision on this matter and other major issues.

The situation took a new turn on Wednesday when Hamid Khan issued a rejoinder to Imran Khan’s statement. “This is with regard to the press release issued by the central media cell, PTI, in response to the decision taken by the central election commission of the party regarding vacation of party offices by those who have assumed public responsibilities.”

He claimed that Imran Khan’s press statement had been issued in complete ignorance of the party’s constitution. “Under article XVII of the PTI’s constitution captioned ‘Qualification of election to party office’ it is clearly stated that ‘in case of challenges with regard to qualification, the party election commission will adjudicate in such matters where disputes arise regarding qualifications of party office-bearers to continue in their respective offices while also being holders of public offices’.”

He said the decision taken by the commission regarding the vacation of party offices by those holding public offices was final and had come into force as of Tuesday.

“Decision has also announced nominating people to perform the functions of the vacated positions pending the announcement of the election schedule. The decisions of the central election commission, being an autonomous institution under the PTI constitution, are final and do not need any confirmation,” Hamid Khan said.—APP

Our Staff Reporter adds: When contacted, the PTI information secretary Dr Shireen Mazari said: “Our constitution has no provision banning dual offices. So we may need to change the constitution once the CEC decides on this issue. The election commission’s view is only recommendatory because no such power lies with it.”

She said the party chief’s statement was the correct one and “we accept it”.

Talking to Dawn, a senior PTI leader said the issue would be discussed within the party and resolved after Imran Khan’s return from London in the last week of this month. He said some people in the party believed that those who were holding public offices should be removed from their party posts.

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Syed Ahmed Jul 11, 2013 07:53am

A healthy sign of a democratic party.

aafridi Jul 11, 2013 07:58am

So what will skipper quit NA seat or Chairmanship of pti

Shiraz Akbar Jul 11, 2013 09:44am

i think imran khan shouldn't have planned such a long stay in London especially when the gov of KPK is still facing some heavy weight challenges. and about the party dual office holder, it is pathetic for imran to say that the gov nominated ministers can also hold pti office. its not like a PTI i hope for.

Muhammad Tahir Jamali Jul 11, 2013 10:32am

Mr. Hamid Khan should understand the situation and defer the matter till party chief is here in Pakistan. Creating fuss is not good.

Mazhar Hasan Jul 11, 2013 10:52am

Is it the beginning of the end of PTI?

Rao Abid Jul 11, 2013 11:00am

PTI should announce things after due consultation among its top brass.Any tug of war will be dameging for the party & country as well.

Qazi Jul 11, 2013 11:17am

Poor Party. I thank ALLAH that PTI did not make it to Islamabad. May ALLAH protect KPK.

NASAH (USA) Jul 11, 2013 12:04pm

Yet another one man dictatorship is about to end in workers revolt.

Gul Khan Jul 11, 2013 01:19pm

if Hamid Khan is preparing ground to leave the party,Then in my opinion he should be welcomed to do so.Instead of confronting his party chief he should listen to his chairman and CEC

Uza Syed Jul 11, 2013 03:27pm

Is the party over? No, then with this speed and infighting and total lack of discipline and sense of belonging within PTI, it's anyone's guess how long would it take them to demolish what took a long time to build. Thee has to be some semblence of authority and adherance to a policy that must be executed irrespective of people and their egos. This just an observation from someone without any direct interest or involvement or even basic membership or voting record for this party. However as political observer I'm interested in whatever is going on in politics, after all it matters simply because it affects lives and civic interests of the people here.

Mazhar Hasan Jul 11, 2013 03:55pm

Is it the beginning of the end of Tsunami????

SRK Ahmed Jul 11, 2013 05:39pm

Although Personally I don't like Hamid Khan but his stance in this matter is right. Imran Khan should obey the constitution of his party to make an example for other to follow. Unfortunately IK attitude, his arrogant nature, over confidence costed him the election. He still need some more years to become politically mature. I like him because he is still better than the other leaders whom I hate to call leaders.

Hassan Jul 11, 2013 06:01pm

I have been a very regular Dawn reader since late 80s, but somehow since last one year or so have found Dawn's authenticity taking a dent. Very biased articles and news reports against PTI seems to be the modus operandi. Dawn has stooped to the level of afternoon newspapers available on the street lights.

citizen Jul 11, 2013 06:03pm

no need to paint every other incident regarding PTI as the doomsday scenario. besides, having different opinions is part of a heatly democracy.

Haroon Jul 11, 2013 06:07pm

Although it looks like infighting, ITS NOT. As a democratic party people have a right to speak up and disagree. Unlike Nawaz League and PPP where all and sundry tow one line and bend in front of their leaders.

M aslam Jul 11, 2013 06:18pm

Naya Pakistan??? Honesty???? Truth????? Sincerety???? Party Election???? Democracy within party???? New faces of childrens of old gurus???? Out of parliament-Drop drons: When time come to decide with stack holders and explain and convince his point of view- Escape out of country ahead of time??? It is called Leadership of New Pakistan. Well done youth of mumy dady generation of Pakistan. Your mumy dady deprived the poors of Pakistan from their basic rights. Now you want to eliminate them with the power of facebook and media.

farid Jul 11, 2013 06:36pm

What about the conflict if interest IK is talking about ?

khurshid Jul 11, 2013 06:42pm

I see this as a sign of healthy democracy and freedom within the party, where people are free to make decision and talk about there differences

Mustafa (Toronto) Jul 11, 2013 06:45pm

Hamid Khan's stance is based on Party rules written in their constitution. Imran Khan's stance is based on the political situation of the KPK. With bombs, terrorism, and other challenges, I believe IK's opinion is Right. The party's CEC shoulld discuss and resolve such issues within the party leadership. I still have lot of hope on PTI, to become the most popular Party in Pakistan under leadership if IK, Usad Umar, Hamid Khan , Shireen Mazari, and many other educated young personalities coming fromhighly successful diversified professions... The followers like us, abroad are with the leaderships decisions. Best Luck.

azmat khan Jul 11, 2013 07:05pm

Is PTI going to prove to be a house of cards? KP government is a thorn in the throat of the party.May IK get well soon.First he should mind his health.It needs care.So called tsunami has headed back..

Sheikh Jul 11, 2013 07:12pm

Folks here who think this event is a weakness for the PTI, should know that it is actually a strength. This is not "In-fighting", it is called "process". We are so used to PPP/PML-N isq parties, that we confuse a democratic process with indicipline.

Qaiser Khan Jul 11, 2013 07:36pm

@Mazhar Hasan: Dream on...

Rehan M Jul 11, 2013 07:51pm

This is just perfect and there is nothing wrong with this development. Way to go PTI. This is how things work in a democratic set up. Anyone can raise voice and concern against its chief when he is on the wrong side. I hope this will help workers in other parties to get similar courage to stand up against their dictatorship style leaders ... The democratic process is getting better and better with the rise of PTI in homeland

blister Jul 11, 2013 08:18pm

This is difference of opinion in the interpretation of the regulations. The way to solve it is negotiations and consultation like this. This is a healthy sign. Parties should not be run like fiefdoms and dictatorships. Chairman is another person and the EC is another. They can differ and yet coexist. This happens all over the world where democratic processes thrive. Nobody dies. We have to learn to take theses diagreements as they are and not a deep hidden conspiracy.

HM Jul 11, 2013 08:21pm

@aafridi: Its not NA seats issue, its regarding major position in Govt.

shabut Jul 11, 2013 08:42pm

These are all the signs of a democratic party. These conflicts should not be taken in a negative way. The problem is that the majority of the people in Pakistan are not used to these kinds of conflicts since they have always been ruled, and are still being ruled, by the parties who have no democratic norms and just blindly follow their leaders.

shabut Jul 11, 2013 08:44pm

@Mazhar Hasan: A thought coming from a Typical extreme and judgmental Pakistani mind. I don't blame you since you and millions of other Pakistanis have been made mental handicaps when it comes to democratic politics.

shabut Jul 11, 2013 08:48pm

@Qazi: Islamabad has as much if not more responsibility not only for KPK but for all the provinces. It is people like you who have such a myopic thinking that you don't want to see beyond your own nose. It is this behavior and thinking that is dividing and costing Pakistan today. So whatever is happening in Pakistan today is the direct result of how the people of Pakistan think and behave towards each other.

shabut Jul 11, 2013 08:50pm

@Uza Syed: Conflict is not such a bad thing in a democratic process. It is about time that you learn few things about democracy. But I can understand it will take you a while to get out of this oppressed mentality that has been practiced by the two parties PPP and MLN for so long.

babar Jul 11, 2013 08:56pm

@Hassan: accept to facts of PTI disputes my dear PTI worker

Atif Jul 11, 2013 09:20pm

@Mazhar Hasan:

If PTI manages this debate well, it could actually be the beginning of the Tsunami. In Pakistan, we are so used to political dynasties that any news of difference of opinion is unheard of and is seen as a weakness.

PTI should see that the argument is resolved legally as per their constitution. Having said that separating government from party's offices was a good gesture.

Nasr Jul 11, 2013 09:42pm

@Shiraz Akbar: Don't you think he as father should make himself available to his children too. They need him also.

G Hasan Jul 11, 2013 10:46pm

Is this a protest against IK's authoritarian style?

Mr. Mian Jul 12, 2013 01:03am

Eelax everybody! Calm down!! End of PTI? End of Naya Pakistan?? This is just a small matter in big party in a huge contry facing anormous challenges. This sort of maturation process should be welcomed.

ssf Jul 12, 2013 01:26am

Why our leaders quite often go to these Western countries for treatments when we have capable doctors and good hospitals or is it just to get away from Pakistan. i underderstand this was also done by Zerdari as well. Also many well to do leave for aboad during Ramzan?

AJ Jul 12, 2013 01:44am

We probably see PTI (I) imran group and PTI some other group soon

T.I. Jul 12, 2013 02:45am

@M aslam: You really have trouble understanding a healthy disagreement in a democratic setup! I would strongly recommend come out of old school of thoughts & see what a true democracy look like.

Uza Syed Jul 12, 2013 03:38am

@Mazhar Hasan: It is no more about that horrible expression for an intended positive change. What we are seeing here is, I'm afriad end many things and many careers, indeed the PTI itself or many mini PTIs with different suffix identifying its owners like PML-Nawaz and PML-Pagara and so on so forth.

Uza Syed Jul 12, 2013 03:42am

@Haroon: Indeed, it's democratic to debate within a political party. One can debate but how can you disagree if you all have a common agenda and if individuals don't matter which should be the case when a party like PTI makes all kind of fantastically exagerated claims.

Atta Mohyuddin Jul 12, 2013 05:55am

Hamid Khan should be sacked as he is trouble maker. PTI needs to focus on security in KPK and give good governance in KPK and do some actions as people in KPK are watching.. It could be serious problem for Imran and PTI if internal rifts not solved.

Atta Mohyuddin Jul 12, 2013 05:57am

@Haroon: This better opinion and PTI is healthy party.. Good work PTI.

Mirza Zahid Iqbal Jul 13, 2013 12:39am

I wonder if this issue is any diffferent from zardari holding public and party office ? what does the constitution of pakistan says.

H. Ali Jul 13, 2013 10:36am

I seen only articles on PTI party in media which means it is the most famous party in Pakistan right now. Unlike other parties PTI is the democratic party and everyone has the right to say something when they think it is wrong.....

Em Moosa Jul 13, 2013 07:47pm

Hamid khan's history is not reliable for any responsible position. Imran should be careful.