Barrister Gohar Ali Khan was elected unopposed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) new chairman, replacing incarcerated former prime minister Imran Khan, Pakistan's ARY News reported on Saturday (December 2). Gohar Khan was nominated by the PTI founder for the top post a few days ago.
PTI intra-party elections were held on Saturday on the orders of the Election Commission of Pakistan. The voting was done through an online app.
Who else were elected in the elections?
According to PTI election commissioner Niazullah Niazi, former federal minister Omar Ayub Khan was elected secretary general of the party while jailed former provincial health minister Yasmin Rashid has been elected PTI Punjab president, ARY News reported.Similarly, incarcerated Haleem Adil Sheikh and Ali Amin Gandapur were elected unopposed party presidents of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provinces. Earlier this week, Barrister Ali Zafar announced that party Chairman Imran Khan would not be contesting intra-party polls and Barrister Gohar Khan had been nominated for the slot of party chief," ARY News reported.
PTI Senator Ali Zafar made the announcement in Islamabad. Speaking to the media, Zafar said that the party chairmanship is temporary, as Imran Khan would return as the chairman of the party after his disqualification in the wake of the Toshakhana case is overturned.
He further said that ex-premier had directed the party to hold intra-party polls. “PTI is Imran Khan and Imran Khan is PTI.”
PTI founding member to challenge results
Akbar S Babar, who is the founding member of PTI, has decided to challenge the intra-party election, as per the directives of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), ARY News reported.