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Imran to contest from four NA seats

March 27, 2013

PTI chief Imran Khan. — File photo

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chairman will be contesting from NA-1 (Peshawar - II), NA- 56 (Rawalpindi – VII), NA-71 (Mianwali - I), NA-126 (Lahore - IX), party spokesman Shafqat Mehmood said on Wednesday.

In NA-56, Khan is likely to be standing in contest with Sheikh Rasheed, whereas, Saad Rafique of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) is another contender for NA-126.

Khan launched PTI’s election campaign on March 23 at a public meeting in Lahore during which he promised his supporters to remain truthful, fight against oppression and eliminate misuse of authority and taxpayers’ money if he came to power.

The 60-year-old Khan is shaping up to be the biggest wildcard in the May 11 election – the first transition between democratically elected governments in a country that has a history of military coups.

Much of Khan’s support has come from young, middle class Pakistanis in the country’s major cities, a potentially influential group. Almost half of Pakistan’s more than 80 million registered voters are under the age of 35, but the key question is whether Khan can get his young supporters to show up at the polling booth on election day.