Hashmi files nomination papers for NA-149

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PPP fields Dr Javed Siddiqui against Hashmi, PTI refuses to contest by-polls in NA-149 to be held on Oct 16

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Javed Hashmi Tuesday submitted his nomination papers for by-polls in NA-149, Multan II as an independent candidate.

Talking to reporters after submitting the papers, Hashmi said that he did not want to resign from his National Assembly seat but did so in respect for PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s decision.

Terming his resignation as an act of service for the people of his constituency, Hashmi said he has given other political parties’ candidates an opportunity to contest elections from his constituency.

“If I completed my term and remained in power for the next five years, some of the candidates would not have been able to contest the elections,” he said.

Referring to PTI’s announcement to boycott by-polls in NA-149, Hashmi said that it was “shameful” that the party had denied PTI supporters in the constituency the right to vote.

“PTI has adopted a double role, they come on top of the container and boycott elections but inside the container they meet with other leaders,” Hashmi alleged.

HASHMI FLAYS PTI LEADERS:

Hashmi said that he had not received a show-cause notice as yet from PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen however, according to reports, the notice has summoned Hashmi before the party’s disciplinary committee on September 29.

“Tareen was made PTI’s secretary general unconstitutionally; he did not get a single vote,” alleged Hashmi.

Responding to PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s invitation to Hashmi to join other PTI leaders on PTI’s container and ask PTI workers whether they recognise Hashmi as their president or not, he said, “I have no qualms about appearing atop the container.”

“If Khan calls me, I will go and stand on the container and tell the youth that their rights and future are being played with.”

“PTI’s youth have never accepted Qureshi,” adding that the youth knows how Qureshi had come into power and that he would destroy the party. “I hope Khan sees this side of Qureshi soon.”

In the meanwhile, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) announced Tuesday that it would field Dr Javed Siddiqui to contest the by-polls in NA-149, contrary to rumors that PPP had decided not to field a candidate against Hashmi.

POLITICAL WORKERS CLASH IN MULTAN:

Earlier, PTI supporters and an independent candidate, Amir Dogar, entered into a scuffle outside the Election Commission (EC) office in Multan.

Per reports Dogar had arrived at the office to submit his nomination papers for by-polls in NA-149.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has declared that the by-polls in NA-149 will be held on October 16.

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