ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Tuesday sought applications from the candidates to issue tickets for Senate elections from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and decided to form a parliamentary board to finalise party tickets.

The core committee of PTI Wednesday met in Bani Gala in the chair of PTI chief Imran Khan that in its lengthy session deliberated on party’s participation in the upcoming Senate elections scheduled for mid of March.

Rizwan Chaudhry, an office-bearer of PTI’ Central Media Cell- told The Nation that core committee had decided to form the parliamentary board of the party to finalise tickets for Senate elections from KP. He said that Chairman Imran Khan himself will head the board and the names of its other members were not yet clear. He informed that the board would scrutinise the applications of the candidates to issue them Senate tickets and only candidates having good repute would be issued tickets. It is likely that Vice Chairman PTI Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be included in the boards, besides some PTI leaders from KP.

The last core committee of PTI had decided to take part in the Senate elections only from KP where party enjoyed majority in the provincial assembly and holds reins of power there.

A source in PTI said that the core committee also discussed threadbare the matter of issuance of Senate tickets to candidates and it was decided that most of Senate tickets would be issued to the local people of KP. Earlier, there was a split in the party on the issuance of Senate tickets, as some heavy weights of PTI from Punjab wanted that Senate tickets from KP should be issued to them. On the other side, the senior leader of KP wanted that tickets should only be issued to the people belonging to KP, as it was their first right and the party should have true representation from where it was contesting elections. It is likely that PTI and its coalition partners would succeed to win at least seven seats in the Senate.

Chairman Imran Khan in the meeting also stressed to improve performance and governance issues in the KP saying that it was very necessary before entering the party into next general elections.