LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday nominated Makhdoom Javed Hashmi as its candidate for the slot of Prime Minister.
The decision was taken after a meeting of the PTI Parliamentary Party chaired by Imran Khan in Lahore.
PTI also announced its candidates for the slot of Speaker and Deputy Speaker in the National Assembly. Shahryar Afridi, the MNA-elect from Kohat, was nominated to contest for the Speaker while PTI’s Women Wing president Munaza Hasan was nominated for the slot of Deputy Speaker.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, PTI vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the party would play the role of a responsible, effective and vibrant opposition in the National Assembly. He added that the party has decided to field its candidates for all the parliamentary portfolios in the National Assembly.
The former foreign minister further said that PTI MNA-elect from Karachi, Dr Arif Alvi, will represent the Parliamentary Party of PTI. “Ghulam Sarwar Khan will represent the part in Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly,” he maintained.
He said Imran Khan was in very good health and spirits, adding that he chaired the whole meeting in a very fresh mood. “He is doing fine, but if the first session of the National Assembly is convened on May 28 he will not attend it. As per his doctor’s advice, he will stay in Lahore for some time,” he maintained.
Imran Khan also thanked and appreciated PTI workers and supporters for participating in the protest at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in Islamabad on Friday, Qureshi said. ECP should pay heed to PTI’s demands because they would be helpful in by-elections, local government elections and the next general elections, Qureshi added. He said the ECP had issued the notifications of the winning candidates and asked candidates with complaints filed against them those to go the Election Tribunal. “Our demand is that the number of election tribunals should be increased so that the decision of any case couldn’t take more than 120 days as described in the law.”
Qureshi said several parties had raised questions about the credibility of elections in Karachi, adding that PTI would keep unfolding its strategy about protests after the assembly session. “We have got our strong protest registered and will continue to devise our strategy about this from time to time.”
PTI’s central leadership, including Dr Arif Alvi and Shafqat Mahmood, were also present at the meeting.
Sources by: tribune