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Imran wants CEC to take up key party posts issue

15 July, 2013

ISLAMABAD: On his return from London, the first issue the PTI chief Imran Khan wants the party's central executive committee (CEC) to take up is the unexpected and 'unilateral' decision of the Central Election Commission (CEC) to deprive some elected persons of key party offices.

It is learnt that the blunt refusal of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak to appoint senior lawyer and ex-head of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Qazi Anwar as advocate general of the province was the reason behind this bizarre development.

Party sources privy to the development told that Imran was not happy at the development in his absence, surrounding certain PTI office-bearers who now also hold public offices, including the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak.

Interestingly, the party's constitution is silent on this issue and if at all the party's top decision-making body upholds the decision made by the commission, an amendment will have to be made in the constitution.

"Imran and other top leaders are surprised over this move by the commission, headed by Hamid Khan," sources said. They contended that the commission was not empowered to take up such matters.

Sources pointed out that neither anyone had approached the commission with objection to the dual office-holders nor notices were issued to the persons concerned to hear their viewpoint or what post they would like to retain.

The commission issued a release, bypassing the PTI Media Centre, and two individuals, unknown to the media, visited the media offices to distribute it."The commission did not contact us for the issuance of press release to the media and this does not happen normally," said a senior party leader at the party's central secretariat.

PTI sources claimed that the issuance of a release and declaring party posts vacant, including that of Khattak, provincial assembly speaker Assad Qaiser and two provincial ministers was based on personal vendetta of 'someone', who holds no party post.

"Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was approached for appointment of senior lawyer Qazi Anwar as advocate general of the province but this demand or proposal was turned down by the head of the provincial government, who wanted a younger person to fill the post," PTI sources claimed.

This resulted in an extraordinary meeting of the commission and issuance of a press release, declaring that certain party posts lay vacant to fill these and intra-party election was scheduled for August. But Imran acted promptly to stay the commission's decision on July 10, declaring that the central executive committee would take a final decision on this count.

Moreover, it was also announced that Imran had never asked Khattak to pick one of the two posts; he is currently PTI Secretary General and Chief Minister. However, Imran did ask Khattak privately in Islamabad and the chief minister offered to quit the public post.

This reporter tried to get Hamid Khan's version but he neither attended the call made to his cell nor replied the SMS.Supportive base removed: Meanwhile, the supportive brace has been removed from Imran's waist and he is currently being rehabilitated: he had a fatal fall from a forklift-truck three days before the general election.

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