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In Response to ‘No Contest’: PTI Proactively Announces Office Bearers Ahead of Schedule

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ISLAMABAD: In a significant late-night development, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced the election of Barrister Gohar Ali Khan as the party’s chairman and Omar Ayub as the general secretary. This announcement came after their opponents withdrew their nomination papers, resulting in their uncontested victory.

Furthermore, the PTI revealed the appointments of provincial presidents for the Sindh, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapters, leaving only the Balochistan chapter president’s position to be determined through an election.

In Balochistan, the electoral contest scheduled for March 3 involves three candidates: Amin Khan Jogazai, Dawood Shah, and Munir Ahmed Baloch.

Initially, the PTI had scheduled intra-party elections for March 3, with numerous leaders submitting their nomination papers as part of various panels. However, a majority of these leaders withdrew their nomination papers merely two days before the election, as confirmed by PTI’s Federal Election Commissioner Raoof Hasan.

With the absence of opponents for most positions, Hasan had no choice but to declare the unopposed winners. A notice issued by Hasan specified that polling would only occur in Quetta for the Balochistan Chapter President position, with the final results set to be announced on March 3.

The finalized list, endorsed by Hasan and obtained by Dawn, disclosed the election of Yasmin Rashid, Ali Amin Gandapur, and Haleem Adil Sheikh as presidents of PTI’s Punjab, KP, and Sindh chapters, respectively.

For the March 3 election, Barrister Gohar emerged as the sole candidate for the top post, while Omar Ayub, along with a 15-member panel, stood for the position of general secretary.

Despite Dr. Yasmin Rashid’s current incarceration, she was nominated by Mr. Khan to lead the party’s provincial chapter in Punjab, while similar nominations were made for Mr. Sheikh in Sindh, Dr. Baloch in Balochistan, and Mr. Gandapur in KP.

While the victory of Mr. Khan-backed candidates was assured, rival panels also submitted nomination papers to comply with the Election Commission of Pakistan’s requirements and prevent any unopposed elections.

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