ISLAMABAD: Amidst rapidly changing political situation in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan has named the new organisational structure for the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), a day after dissolving all previous bodies within his party following an embarrassing defeat in the first phase of local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The announcement of the prime minister’s decision was made by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry through his official Twitter account. He said Planning Minister Asad Umar had been chosen as the secretary general and the following individuals had been named the presidents for various provincial divisions.
Defence Minister Pervez Khattak for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi for Sindh
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri for Balochistan
Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood for Punjab
Minister for Industries and Production Khusro Bakhtiar for South Punjab
In a later tweet, the information minister said Amir Mehmood Kiani — previously the PTI secretary general — was nominated as the additional secretary general by the prime minister.
Zaidi said he was “humbled by the faith” that the premier had shown in him.
“Will try to live up to the expectations of all, especially PTI workers. Together we will pull Sindh out of deprivation,” he tweeted.
Chaudhry had announced the dissolution of previous organisations in a press conference on Friday after a meeting of the party’s senior leadership that was chaired by the premier.
According to Chaudhry, the prime minister had expressed dissatisfaction over the party’s performance in KP local body polls where it suffered an embarrassing defeat. He said that according to the results of the elections in village councils, the PTI was still the “biggest party in the province”.
“But the way tickets were awarded […] PTI does not believe in dynastic politics. PM Imran has never let his personal relations affect his mission.”
He said that the PTI leadership had debated the party’s organisational structure. He said that the way the PTI — one of the major political parties of the country — should have participated in the local government polls was not evident on ground.
Therefore, the prime minister — after consulting with the party leadership — decided to dissolve all organisations from the centre to the tehsils, he said. “Chief organisers and all office bearers have been removed from their positions,” Chaudhry had said.
“It has also been decided that the local leadership will not award party tickets when it comes to their relatives. A special committee will be formed where the case will be forwarded and it will decide whether or not to award the ticket,” he had added.
Fawad Chaudhry said that a separate committee had been constituted which would include himself, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Khattak, Communication and Postal Services Minister Murad Saeed, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Energy Minister Hammad Azhar, Bakhtiar, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Umar and others. According to the minister, the committee had been tasked with proposing a new constitution and party structure.
In the elections held in the 17 districts of KP on December 19, the PTI, which has been in power in the province since 2013, showed a dismal performance, conceding ground to the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F).
According to the provisional results of 47 of the 63 tehsils declared by the Election Commission of Pakistan, the JUI-F won 17 seats of mayor/chairperson while the PTI came in second by securing 12 seats. Independent candidates grabbed the third highest number of seats at seven, followed by Awami National Party at six, PML-N at three and Jamaat-i-Islami, PPP and Tehreek-i-Islahat Pakistan bagging one seat each.
Earlier, talking to newsmen on Friday, Fawad Choudhary said that the village council election results were coming, the PTI was still the largest party in the KP.
He said there was no concept of family politics in the PTI as Imran Khan never allowed personal relationships to dominate his mission in his political career. “If the culture of PPP and PML-N comes to the PTI, there will be no difference between them and us,” Chaudhry Fawad said emphatically.
The minister said the prime minister had expressed displeasure over the distribution of party tickets in the KP’s local government elections against which many complaints were received.
The way PTI should had played its role as a major party was not witnessed in the KP’s local body elections, he said.
The minister said the meeting had decided that a special committee would be formed to look into the matter of giving tickets to relatives of PTI leaders and in future such cases would not be decided at the local level, rather they would be sent to this committee and which would decide whether to give tickets or not.
He said the PTI considered local government institutions very important for democracy.
Fawad said KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan had been given responsibility for the second phase of local body elections in the KP and a ticketing mechanism for the elections would be set up, with the approval of the prime minister.
The decision on tickets for local government elections in Punjab would come to a committee consisting of PTI’s senior members which would decide the candidates at the central level so that no issues like resentment come up at the local level.
Replying to a question, he said the finance bill was not a personal bill of the PTI, and if the opposition did not want to go to the International Monetary Fund programme, they should come up with an alternative solution.
He reminded that billions of dollars had been borrowed by the past regimes of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz which had to be repaid by the present government.
“If they have any alternative proposal or agenda, they should bring it in the House”, he said.
To another question, he said the opposition had claimed that they would table a no-confidence motion against the Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani but they failed to do so.