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MANSEHRA: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf activist Ambreen Swati has announced that she will contest elections for NA-13 as an independent candidate after the returning officer cancelled her party ticket on the demand of party chairman Imran Khan.

Ghulam Abbas, the returning officer for NA-13, handed over the ticket cancellation order to Ms Swati, saying that her party had moved an application for cancellation of the ticket which was earlier submitted to him with the signature of Imran Khan.

The counsels of Ms Swati and PTI earlier completed their arguments.

Claims she will win and gift the seat to Imran Khan

“I have been deprived of the party ticket, but I am still in the race as the PTI workers are with me. I would secure this seat and present it as a gift to Imran Khan,” she told reporters outside the court.

According to the final lists, as many as 14 candidates are in the running for NA-13, 11 for NA-14, 12 for PK-30, 13 for PK-31, 12 for PK-32, 13 for PK-33 and 11 candidates for PK-34.

CONTRACTORS WARNED: Tehsil council, Oghi, has warned contractors to immediately start work on uplift projects otherwise cases against them would be sent to anti-corruption agencies of the province.

“We have decided to move cases of corruption and embezzlement against contractors who either left development schemes incomplete or didn’t start work after getting the work order,” Oghi tehsil nazim Raja Bashir told the council which met on Saturday.

Mr Bashir said that contractors who got contracts of development schemes on low rates were not starting work on them for the last many months.

Speaking on the occasion, Hafiz Younus said that scores of government high schools were upgraded to higher secondary schools in the tehsil, but owing to apathy of the education department the classes could not be started.

Jamal Alvi said that the government should build a picnic point in Punja Galli, which would earn revenue for the TMA.

Published in Dawn, July 1st, 2018