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Chief of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan.—File Photo

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan says party’s election campaign will start with the swearing-in of newly elected PTI office-bearers at Minar-i-Pakistan on March 23.

Talking to the media at the office of newly elected Lahore chapter President Abdul Aleem Khan on Sunday, Imran said March 23 would prove to be another tsunami to end the rule of status quo forces.

He alleged both the Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz were spending millions of rupees from the public kitty on their respective publicity and election campaigns.

Taking credit for introducing intra-party polls, he said the PTI had made history by going into the exercise and the new leadership would now run the party’s election campaign. Rejecting the impression of irregularities in the polls, Imran said his party took 10 months before these elections to ensure transparency. He termed it an example for the Election Commission, which would conduct the general elections.

Answering a question, he said strict discipline would be adopted in awarding party tickets as only upright candidates would be chosen to bring ‘real change’.Earlier, the PTI chairman was briefed by Aleem Khan about the arrangements for the party’s March 23 public meeting.

Meanwhile, the third stage of PTI intra-party polls to elect regional-level leaders would start here from Monday (today). District leaders of the party elected in the second stage would become electorates for electing office-bearers of four Punjab regions -- north, south, west and central.

Nominations would be received today and could be withdrawn on March 5 (tomorrow), and the final list of candidates would be issued the same day. Polling for the third tier of intra-party polls in which a 30-member body is to be elected would be held on March 10.

This body would then elect provincial office-bearers in the fourth stage of the polls.

Comments (5) Closed

Bansal Mar 04, 2013 07:12am
Imran khan should hire a campaign manager/consultant like James Carville or David Plouffe or someone who has the skills and experience to help him win the elections. Pakistanis are going to vote on feudal guidelines so he has very little time for any favorable results.
Manzoor H. Khatana, Ph.D. Mar 04, 2013 02:23pm
There is a very good chance that many politicians, who had received billions in loan, but have not returned a penny, would be disqualified for the fast approaching elections. Of course, if they return the money to Pakistan treasury (highly unlikely), then let them fight politically against those who had not taken any money from the present or previous governments. A good majority of those potential disqualifiers belong to N League, Q League, and PPP, leaving the field to newcomers!
shakir hussain Mar 04, 2013 06:45am
what will the election campaign be like which ik claims is ging tu be bigger than bhutto
M. Asghar Mar 04, 2013 10:10am
If the PTI wants to win the coming elections, they have to win the majority vote in the country side, where the majority of the electorate lives under a ferocious feudalism
Martial Manager Mar 04, 2013 03:42am
PTI will be great for Pakistan but will they actually get more than 30% of the vote? People are sick of League N and PPP. They want a change, but who? The Military can get things done faster and more fairer then politicians, but we cant vote for Martial Law.