Differences in BAP, PTI over award of Senate tickets

Published February 13, 2021
A file view of the Senate. — APP
A file view of the Senate. — APP

QUETTA: Differences have emerged in the ruling Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) over the award of party tickets to candidates for the coming Senate elections.

The PTI leadership in Islamabad has awarded ticket to Abdul Qadir, a business tycoon affiliated with the construction industry, for contesting the election on a general seat from Balochistan.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, who is also a member of the PTI parliamentary board, has confirmed the nomination in a tweet. “PTI has awarded party ticket to Abdul Qadir for Senate election from Balochistan,” he said.

The PTI provincial leadership has expressed reservations over the decision taken by the party without consulting parliamentary leaders and MPAs of the party in Balochistan.

Sources in the PTI said the party’s parliamentary leader in the Balochistan Assembly, Sardar Yar Mohammad Rind, and other leaders had not been consulted while awarding party ticket to Mr Qadir by the central parliamentary board, headed by Imran Khan.

Spokesman for the Balochistan PTI’s Asif Tareen, said the provincial parliamentary board and leadership had not recommended the name of Abdul Qadir since he does not belong to the PTI.

“The provincial party leaders and zonal heads have expressed their reservations over the award of tickets for Senate elections,” he told Dawn.

On the other hand, the ruling BAP has yet to announce consensus candidates for the Senate elections. Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani, who was in Cholistan for witnessing a jeep rally, rushed back to Quetta on Friday after reports of differences in the party over the award of Senate tickets as some of the MPAs have announced that they would not support the candidates who were brought from outside Balochistan.

Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani arrived in Quetta on Friday for helping the ruling BAP choose consensus candidates from Balochistan.

Published in Dawn, February 13th, 2021

Opinion

Sialkot speaks
31 Jul 2021

Sialkot speaks

The PML-N leadership is shell-shocked. A drubbing by the PTI in Sialkot? In the heart of Sharif territory?
Who messed up Afghanistan?
Updated 31 Jul 2021

Who messed up Afghanistan?

Russia and USA are squarely responsible for Afghanistan’s tragedy but Pakistan is certainly not innocent.

Editorial

China-Taliban meeting
Updated 31 Jul 2021

China-Taliban meeting

WITH the government in Kabul appearing to stand on very fragile foundations, and as the clock ticks down to the ...
31 Jul 2021

Outages in Makran

IT is no surprise that people in Balochistan’s Makran Division have of late taken to the streets to protest in the...
31 Jul 2021

Reduction in polio cases

AFTER the long and tedious efforts of those running the national polio programme, there are signs that Pakistan ...
30 Jul 2021

Judge’s elevation

A CONTROVERSY roiling the legal fraternity for a few weeks has come to a head. It was precipitated by the Judicial...
PTI’s Sialkot win
30 Jul 2021

PTI’s Sialkot win

The PML-N’s internal duality is a particularly acute factor that is dragging down the party in electoral contests.
30 Jul 2021

Attack on Chinese

AN attack targeting two Chinese nationals in Karachi on Wednesday should put the security apparatus on alert in ...