PTI youth wing turns against party’s Lahore president


Itched by apparently not-so-good performance of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Lahore Region President Mahmadur Rasheed, leaders of party’s youth wing have formed a strong faction against him.
Some of workers of the Youth Wing say that newly inducted leaders are trying to hijack the party which could harm the PTI.
In a letter to the central committee members including Arif Alvi, Hamid Khan, Ahsan Rasheed and Mian Azhar they opined, “Nepotism in PTI is intolerable and if you ignore our opinion we will do the same with you”.
After application, amendments have been made in steering committees of PTI Punjab, the youth members said. The total number of members in Central Punjab Committee is 18, in West Punjab Committee there are 17 members, in North Punjab Committee there are 13 members and in Southern Punjab Committee there are 19 members.
The youth wing also criticized PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi on inducting only his loyals and ignoring Central Vice President of the party Ejaz Chaudhry.
The youth wing complained that the Lahore region’s president was converting party into a family party at Lahore level.
“He is inducting his relatives in the party and was lobbying for party ticket,” they noted.
So far the youth wing has conducted four meetings against various party leaders at Bagh-e-Jinnah, a local hotel, residence of Abdul Rasheed Bhatti and a place at Jail Road in which up to 600 party workers took part. Some party insiders view that the PTI vice chairman is interested in leading the youth wing and for this purpose he is supporting central committee’s member Mian Abdul Aleem. Similarly, other main leaders of PTI are also trying to get support of the youth wing, disturbing party affairs in Punjab. But so far the wing has not decided to favour any particular leader.