PTI awarded 173 national assembly tickets to its candidates in the first phase. Most of the tickets are awarded to the so-called electables who joined party in recent period. In many constituencies, the party leadership ignored the PTI candidates who secured respectable votes against the strong PML-N candidates.
Even the party tickets in Punjab have been awarded to the candidates who did not even apply for a party ticket. Azam Chela from Jhang did not apply for a party ticket but he was surprised to saw his name in the list. He announced to contest the election as an independent candidate. Ghulam Ali Lali from NA-87 Chiniot joined today and awarded party ticket immediately.
The Party leadership is now facing strong resentment from the diehard PTI workers in different constituencies over the party tickets. The PTI workers are not happy and protesting against the unfair distribution of tickets. Hundreds of workers from different constituencies have gathered to protest outside party chief Imran Khan’s residence in Banigala.
PTI has changed some tickets after strong resentment and protests by the workers. The party also announced to award party tickets to former federal minister Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan from NA-72 Sialkot, Sheharyar Afridi from NA-35 Kohat and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister Shaukat Yousafzai from a provincial assembly seat in Shangla. Shaukat Yousafzai previously won from a Peshawar seat.
Ali Muhammad Khan, who has been vocal in defence of the party, particularly on the media, is not sure of getting a nod from the parliamentary board, as a survey in the constituency will determine his fate. He is facing resentment within the party and tough competition from two strong electable.
It is being alleged that newcomers in many constituencies have been preferred over those, who have braved hard times to remain loyal to the party. It is believed that between 40-50 percent ticket-holders either joined the party this year or last year or after the 2013 elections.
A local PTI leader Col (r) Sabir Raja led his supporters to Banigala to be the first voice of resentment after the lists of the first batch of candidates were released. His supporters wanted him to be issued ticket from Rawalpindi. Sabir Rana is interested in running for NA-59, possibly against veteran Ch Nisar Ali Khan.
On the other hand, the supporters of Malik Amin Aslam are in shock over the denial of NA ticket to him from Attock. A few days ago, at a function, Imran showered praise on Malik Amin for making the Billion Tree Tsunami project a great success and promised to make him federal minister for the environment after the elections. He was the head of the project. He narrowly lost the 2013 general elections against Sheikh Aftab of PML-N from Attock constituency. But he was denied ticket this time Major ® Tahir Sadiq has been awarded ticket from both the constituencies of Attock district.
The party is also facing the strong resentment and protest in Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Vehari, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Mardan, and other cities. The party leaders in many constituencies have already announced to contest elections as independents or seeking the ticket from other parties.
If the leadership failed to satisfy the protesting workers and pacify the rising dissent in the party then it will face the consequences of chaos in the party.
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17 July, 2019