peshawar - An independent candidate Abdullah Saraf on Saturday withdrew in favour of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Gul Badshah in NA-1 by-elections.  

Addressing a news conference here at Peshawar Press Club, Abdullah Saraf assured his full support on behalf of his community in the by-elections to be held on August 22. Saraf said that after inspiring from the PTI manifesto he decided to withdraw in favour of its candidate.

On this occasion, PTI candidate Gul Badshah and PTI District President Yasin Khalil and a large number of traders, besides others, were present. They welcomed the Saraf’s decision. PTI candidate Gul Badshah welcomed the decision and said if he was elected in the upcoming by-polls, he would play an effective role for the development of the provincial capital. He also said that the successive government had totally neglected Peshawar, for which a mega plan would be devised. He also assured that the traders’ issues would be resolved on priority basis. Meanwhile, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) entered into electoral alliance with Awami National Party (ANP) for NA-01 bye-elections scheduled for August 22.A PkMAP delegation led Mukhtiar Yousafzai met with ANP Additional General Secretary Tajuddin Khan and ANP Parliamentary Leader Sardar Hussain Babak. On this occasion Mukhtiar assured ANP leadership of support to Haji Ghulam Bilour in NA-1 by-polls. He also appealed to party workers to support ANP candidate.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference here at Peshawar Press Club Bilour warned to boycott elections if PTI government used state machinery in the upcoming by-polls. He said that Deputy General Secretary of Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen Abdul Hussain Alhussaini has also assured support to him. He also warned to torture the presiding officers if anyone of them supported PTI.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information, Shah Farman Khan, has said that the PTI government would remain impartial in the upcoming by-elections in the province and denied all rumours being propagated by certain rival politicians to this effect. In a statement issued here on Saturday, he made it clear that the PTI government was totally impartial and was not taking any step that could create an iota of doubt about PTI’s interference in the by-polls. He said that ANP and other political parties should point out the alleged interference being done by the PTI in the by-elections instead of making allegations.

Referring to the allegations of interference by ANP candidate, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, the information minister said that the ANP and a handful of other political parties were afraid of the popularity of Tehreek-e-Insaf. He said that all such rumours about interference were baseless and contained no truth. The ANP was twice defeated by the people in the previous two elections due to their poor performance, he said and added that these people do politics for their business. They don’t have the ability to address the problems of the masses and neither had they tried any attempt to understand their difficulties.

The information minister said that foundation of their politics was based on malafide intention and their own workers were upset from them.

The PTI government wanted justice for everyone and would never compromise on merit. We believed in giving rights to the people and making them owner of their rights. ANP was scared of the change being brought by the PTI in the province that’s why they are accusing the KP government of interference in the polls, information minister concluded.

PTI SETS UP IPAC

Workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday announced establishment of an Intra-Party Accountability Committee (IPAC) to make party elected representatives and ministers accountable.

Addressing a news conference here at Peshawar Press Club, IPAC Chairman Zahir Shah said that this committee would also protect the rights of party workers who were ignored during elections. He added that through the stated accountability committee, none of the PTI elected member or minister will consider himself above the law or party manifesto.

Flanked by PTI District Peshawar Senior Vice President Shah Jehan Bangash, Senior Vice President Women Wing Naheed Khattak, General Secretary Malik Wajid, and Noroz Khan Advocate, he said that the IPAC will keep a close watch upon the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and especially upon the performance of party elected members, and will pinpoint the loopholes found anywhere in project of public interest. Shah also rejected the rumour of forward bloc in party ranks and dispelled impression of any differences among party offices-bearers.