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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) elected on Saturday Barrister Gohar Ali Khan as the new chairman in its intra-party elections.

"I will continue as his nominee till he is back. And I pray he comes back soon," Gohar posted on X.

Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had directed the party to hold the polls if it wanted to retain its "bat" election symbol.

On Thursday, Gohar submitted his nomination papers which were received by Returning Officer Sardar Masroof Khan at the party’s Central Secretariat in Islamabad.

Earlier this week, PTI's Barrister Ali Zafar announced that Imran would not be contesting intra-party polls, and said that Barrister Gohar had been appointed for the slot of party chairman by the former PM.

A senior party leader who wished not to be named earlier told Business Recorder that Imran would not partake in the intra-party election due to his conviction in Toshakhana reference.

“Under the law, he [Imran Khan] could not contest intra-party election as he has been convicted in Toshakhana reference, but still we’ll consult our legal team as to what could be done. His [Imran Khan] own directives will be final,” he added.

Background

It is pertinent to mention that the PTI held its intra party polls on June 9, 2022, in pursuance of the party’s 2019 constitution, which the commission accepted as correct and confessed in its oral order dated August 30, 2023.

However, on November 24, the ECP declared the intra-party elections of PTI as “highly disputed/objectionable, which could not be accepted at all,” despite earlier verbally declaring these polls as legitimate, and directing the former ruling party to hold the intra-party elections in 20 days, failing which, it would be ineligible for the election symbol of bat.

Later, the PTI core committee deplored the top electoral body’s decision for its “biased” decision against the party as it had already held the polls, however, it approved to hold the intra-party elections once again within 20 days, the deadline set by the ECP.

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MAhmed Dec 02, 2023 02:05pm
might is right...
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Love Your Country Dec 02, 2023 05:01pm
Why a seasoned politician is not selected is the repeat of appointment of CM in Punjab after IK's election win.
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Bashir Dec 02, 2023 08:18pm
@Love Your Country , my personal opinion is that most of the seasoned politicians and bureaucrats are corrupt to the core.
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S. M. FIROZ IQBAL Dec 02, 2023 09:47pm
Munafiqat of Sikandar Raja at its peak; having accepted verbally back in August, suddenly decided or "FORCED TO DECIDE" to object to that already accepted I/P Elections, reject the same and order the Party to hold the I/P Elections afresh. Better said in Urdu, "YEI KAMEENGI KI INTEHAA HAI. Now PTI, despite objecting to such an order by ECP, has complied with it, and let's now wait and see what the RAJA does next, or IS ORDERED TO DO NEXT.
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Anila Qadri Dec 03, 2023 12:50am
The family politics would soon die in Pakistan
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Murtaza afridi Jan 08, 2024 12:04pm
NA242 امجد اقبال آفریدی ٹیکٹ کا حقدار ہے جس نے سب سے زیادہ وفاداری نبائی ایک بھائی کی آنکھ گئ ایک بھائی کا بازو توڑا اور پولیس نے تشدد کیا گھر والوں پر ریٹ کرتے ہم کسی اور کی سپورٹ کیوں کریں یہ سچا سپائی ہے خان کا اور ٹیکٹ امجد آفریدی کا حق ہے
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