Pak PM Imran Khan's party set for overhaul

Pakistan PM Imran Khan's ruling PTI set for major organisational overhaul: report

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Khan was unhappy with the party's show in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Pakistan PM Imran Khan. Credit: PTI file photo

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday dissolved all supporting political organisations of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), after the party suffered a massive defeat in the recently held first phase of local body polls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to a media report.

Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry enlisted key takeaways from the poll results to the media, after attending a PTI meet chaired by the prime minister, The Dawn newspaper reported.

"Chief organisers and all office bearers have been removed from their positions," the minister said, adding all future party ranks would be handed after careful selection from a senior PTI committee.

The first phase of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa local body polls were held on Sunday. Of the 39 seats contested on, the PTI managed to bag less than 10 chairperson/mayor posts. The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) won the most seats at 15 and many runner-up positions.

Chaudhary said the prime minister was unhappy with the party's show and pointed out poor selection of candidates for the loss, The Dawn reported.

"The way tickets were awarded... PTI does not believe in dynastic politics. PM Imran has never let his personal relations affect his mission," Chaudhry said.

He said candidates should be selected on merit. "We are receiving complaints that in different areas party tickets were distributed among family members disregarding merit," the minister said.

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