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Independents of PTI refuse to withdraw from Bajaur polls.

KHAR -- Two senior leaders of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf who are contesting the elections for two provincial assembly seats in Bajaur as independent candidates on Sunday rejected the party lawmakers' request to withdraw their candidature in favour of the party candidates.

Talking to mediapersons, PTI local chapter general secretary Said Ahmed Jan and another leader Raheem Dad Khan, who are contesting the elections from PK-101 and PK-102 as independent candidates, respectively, said that a team of the party led by PTI lawmakers Gul Dad Khan from NA-40 and Gul Zafar Khan from NA-41 had held a meeting with them, requesting to withdraw their candidature in support of the party candidates.

Both the candidates, however, said that they had rejected the request for withdrawal of their candidature. Both the PTI leaders have decided to contest the elections in protest against the party parliamentary board's decision of awarding the poll tickets to the close relatives of the lawmakers.

'MNA Gul Dad Khan in a meeting told me that he is ready for any sort of deal if I withdraw my candidature in favour of his brother,' claimed Mr Jan. He said that earlier he also wanted to withdraw his candidature to avoid division of party votes in the elections and expected that the MNA or his close aide would contact him to settle the issue, but that did not happen.

He said that he told the MNA that they had completed arrangements for the election and thousands of people had announced support to him in the election.

Similarly, Raheem Dad Khan had also refused to withdraw his candidature on the request of the PTI team, telling it that he would not withdraw his candidature at any cost.

Both the independent candidates claimed that their position was much better than those contesting the election on PTI tickets in both the constituencies.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 15, 2019
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