Afzal asks PTI workers to woo voters for candidates’ victory in by-poll

Published April 18, 2024
PTI leader Sher Afzal Marwat addresses a party gathering in Bajaur on Wednesday. — Dawn
PTI leader Sher Afzal Marwat addresses a party gathering in Bajaur on Wednesday. — Dawn

BAJAUR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf senior leader Sher Afzal Marwat on Wednesday asked the workers to intensify canvassing for the victory of the party candidates in the April 21 by-election here.

Addressing a public gathering at the Bajaur Sports Complex in Khar, he said Bajaur was a stronghold of PTI as the party’s candidates had swept the Feb 8 elections.

He said victory of the PTI candidates in the general elections against the landlords showed the people of Bajaur loved PTI founding chairman Imran Khan and his vision.

Mr Afzal urged the workers and general public to support the party nominees – Gul Zafar Khan and Gul Dad Khan – on NA-8 and PK-22 seats, respectively, in the April 21 by-election.

Meanwhile, Mubarak Zab Khan, brother of slain PTI leader Rehan Zeb Khan, who is contesting the April 12 by-election on NA-8 and PK-22 as an independent candidate, held an impressive power show in Mamond tehsil, the home town of the party’s candidate for the NA seat Gul Zafar Khan.

A large number of people, mostly youth, attended the meeting. Also, JUI-F’s Mohammad Imran Mahir, who is an independent candidate for PK-22, on Wednesday withdrew his candidature in line with the party’s decision to boycott the by-election.

He made the announcement in a statement shared on social media. “I’m pleased to announce that I have decided to withdraw my candidature from PK-22 constituency from which I was contesting the election as an independent candidate after my party (JUI-F) decided to boycott the by-elections across the country,” he added.

However, sources in JUI-F local chapter and political observers told Dawn that Mr Mahir had made the decision after knowing that his position was weak in the constituency.

INJURED: Two people were injured after roof a house collapsed in Khar tehsil on Wednesday.

Rescue 1122 in a statement said the rain-affected house collapsed in Zoorbadar area. It said a team of rescuers retrieved the wounded from the debris, and shifted them the District Headquarters Hospital.

The injured were identified as Sajjad Khan, 25, and Murad Khan, 18.

Meanwhile, a youth, Ikramullah, 22, who was critically injured after a motorcycle fell into a stream on Tuesday, died at a hospital in Khar on Wednesday.

Published in Dawn, April 18th, 2024

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