Sh Rashid’s ‘unilateral’ declaration to field nephew from NA-60 angers PTI workers

By-election in Rawalpindi’s NA-60

Zubair Qureshi

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) local leadership in Rawalpindi has dismissed Awami Muslim League (AML) President and MNA elect from NA-62, Sh Rashid Ahmed’s unilateral declaration of fielding his nephew Sh Rashid Shafiq from National Assembly’s constituency NA-60.
A three-member bench of Supreme Court presided over by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday ordered Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold the by-election in NA-60 on time.
Immediately after the decision AML Chief while talking to media had declared that his nephew would contest polls from that constituency and it didn’t matter whether he was given symbol of ‘bat’ or ‘ink pot’. Sh Rashid was also contesting election from NA-60 however, after PML-N candidate Hanif Abbasi’s conviction the ECP had delayed poll from that constituency. In his media talk, Sh Rashid declared “My nephew Sh Rashid Shafiq would contest election from that constituency.”
Sh Rashid’s ‘unilateral’ declaration has angered local PTI leadership as they have termed it a violation of discipline and interference in PTI’s matters. MPA-elect from PP-18 on PTI ticket Ejaz Khan Jazi in a statement condemned Sh Rashid’s declaration saying his party would never let any ‘paratrooper’ hijack party’s ticket. “It is the prerogative of Chairman of PTI and electoral board of the party to grant ticket for NA-60 and the first right for the ticket is that of the workers who have sacrificed for the party,” said he.
Earlier Supreme Court (SC) had dismissed the commission’s plea to delay polls in that constituency.
Hearing a case filed by Chief of Awami Muslim League and MNA-elect from NA-62 Rawalpindi Sh Rashid Ahmed, the SC annulled the ECP’s decision to postpone the elections in NA-60 as Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Hanif Abbasi was disqualified by a high court in the ephedrine case.

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