Imran might contest NA polls from 2 Lahore seats

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan might to contest the election for a National Assembly seat from two Lahore constituencies, in addition to contesting from his home constituency in Mianwali, Punjab PTI information secretary Umer Cheema said on Thursday.

However, he said, a final decision would be taken after negotiations with other political parties.

PTI sources told Daily Times that Imran could contest the Lahore constituencies NA-125 and NA-126. Imran had in the 2002 election contested NA-121 (Lahore), but lost to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

NA-125 and NA-126 included Gulberg, Model Town, Garden Town, Johar Town and Defence.

Party sources quoted Imran as telling a PTI meeting on January 2 that he had made a mistake by contesting from NA-121 because voting in the constituency was dominated by clan politics.

Sources said Imran had told a party meeting on January 2 that NA-125 and NA-126 were relatively free of clan politics.

Humayun Akhtar Khan of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) won the NA-125 seat in 2002 and Liaqat Baloch of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) won the NA-126 in 2002.

PTI sources said the party believed that Humayun Akhtar was planning to contest from NA-124 against Aitzaz Ahsan of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Kashmala Tariq of the PML was likely to contest from NA-125.

They said Imran had told party workers to start his election campaign in NA-125 and NA-126 develop close liaison with influential people of the areas. They also said he told the party’s provincial leader that he would try to convince MMA and PML-N leaders to declare him their joint candidate.

Umer Cheema said Imran did not believe in clan politics and that the party would work to get the public on board regarding the party’s manifesto. He said workers would start meeting people after holding corner meetings in all union councils. He also said PTI would field its candidates for several Punjab Assembly constituencies in Lahore after making seat adjustments with other political parties.

Source: Daily Times

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