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PTI finalises draft of its new constitution  


The party has already decided to properly open its chapters and organisational setups in Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan besides all districts across Pakistan and abroad.

“Yes, the panel of experts has given final touches to the draft of the new constitution and it is to be presented before the party leadership for approval on February 5,” confirmed PTI Senior Vice-President Hamid Khan, when The News approached him on telephone.

Asked why it was deemed necessary to have a review look on the party constitution, he said the party base was ever expanding and witnessing massive popularity in recent months that underlined the need for this new arrangement.

Hamid Khan, Dr Arif Alvi, Saeedullah Khan Niazi, Abdul Hafeez Khan, Nawabzada Mohsin Ali Khan, Akbar Sher Babar, Fauzia Kasuri, Mairaj Muhammad Khan, Farooq Amjad Mir, Khwaja Muhammad Jamil and Khwaja Muhammad Saleem were the members of the Central Executive Committee that had approved the earlier PTI constitution on January 24, 1999 under the chairmanship of Imran Khan.

Several of its CEC members have either left the party or are no more active: those having deserted the party include its former secretary general veteran politician Mairaj Muhammad Khan and Nawabzada Mohsin Ali Khan (PTI’s ex-president of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter). While co-founders of PTI such as Akbar Sher Babar are dormant for one reason or the other.

With PTI being portrayed as a potential stakeholder in the general election, likely to be held later this year, its leadership looks for ways to accommodate heavy weights from other political shades by giving them key responsibilities. This is to be delicately as already several party veterans feel sidelined after the newcomers.

Political experts believe PTI faces at least two most crucial phases after having attained significant public attention after its October 30 Minar-e-Pakistan rally: one, the long overdue intra-party election and giving party slots to its members, two finalising the names of its expected candidates for general election; both for the National Assembly and four provincial assemblies.

They contend at the stage of party election and general election, many, who are aspirant of PTI slots and contesting the general election, may quit the party, if overlooked. It is interesting to note that in several constituencies, it has embraced those who fought side by side in 2008 election. They will be in cut-throat competition to outshine one another to get party ticket for the electoral process, possibly in September or October this year.

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