PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan Rules Out Election Tickets for Dissociated Leaders

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan has made a firm declaration that PTI leaders who publicly announced their dissociation from the party will not be granted election tickets. This statement was made during a media interaction outside the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

Barrister Gohar emphasized that the PTI remains steadfast in its decision not to issue tickets to those who held press conferences to announce their departure, regardless of the number of people involved1. This announcement comes amidst a period of internal turmoil within the PTI, with several leaders choosing to part ways with the party.

In the same interaction, Barrister Gohar revealed that PTI founder and former Prime Minister Imran Khan has instructed the party to prepare for the general elections in 2024. This indicates a strong resolve within the PTI to regroup and strategize for the upcoming elections, despite the recent departures.

The PTI Chairman also addressed the Supreme Court order concerning senior PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi. He stated that it is the responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure the implementation of this order. The ECP had previously asked the PTI to submit an application regarding incidents where party leaders and activists were targeted.

Barrister Gohar informed the ECP about the Peshawar High Court (PHC) order and urged the commission to upload the certificate of PTI’s intra-party elections. He asserted that revoking a party’s election symbol is akin to its dissolution, and only the Supreme Court has the authority to do so.

Meanwhile, PTI Punjab Acting President Hammad Azhar hinted at the possible return of some of the dissociated leaders. He stated that the majority of those who were “forced” to hold press conferences expressing their dissociation from the party wish to return. However, the final decision on the return of these individuals will be made by Imran Khan on a case-by-case basis.

This series of events underscores the challenges faced by the PTI as it navigates internal dissent while preparing for the upcoming 2024 general elections. The party’s leadership is demonstrating a firm stance against those who have publicly dissociated themselves, while also leaving room for possible reconciliations. As the PTI gears up for the elections under the guidance of its founder Imran Khan, all eyes will be on how the party manages these internal dynamics and how it will impact their performance in the elections.

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