PTI election victory depends on sorting out internal rifts: Kundi



Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) disgruntled leader Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi said that the party could only win the 2018 general elections if it succeeded in removing the internal differences and initiating the much-needed dialogue process by the central leadership incorporating the voice of the workers.

Addressing a press conference outside PTI’s chairman residence here at Bani Gala, former member of PTI Chairman Advisory Committee and Central Tarbiyati Council of PTI Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi said that it was very important that party should be united to win in 2018 general elections which was only possible when a dialogue and discussion is initiated by the central leadership.

He said that the dialogue should be initiated at the earliest as there was limited time to prepare for 2018 general elections. He advised the party central leadership that in the absence of proper party organization, merit in the award of tickets, raising voice on issues that matter to people and clarity in ideology the party workers and supporters would not be motivated to come out in large numbers to deliver a win in next general elections.

He said that it was the responsibility of Chairman Imran Khan to unite the party instead of ignoring the voices raised to highlight deficiencies in the party. Speaking about the electoral reforms bill and party affairs, he said that after 2013 general elections PTI promised to the nation that next elections will be held under a new system.

However, he added that electoral reforms bill 2017 did not offer any far reaching changes rather it was just compilation of various older bills into one package.

He said that without far reaching electoral reforms the democratic tradition in the country cannot gain deeper roots. He informed that in next few days, suggestions and proposals will be sent to party leadership as well as electoral reforms committee members.

On internal party’s affairs, he said that there are deep divisions among the party cadres, as there were many groups and deep divisions in each district from Karachi to Peshawar.

These divisions were the result of ignoring party constitution, no respect for merit, no recognition of contributions of party workers, lack of due process, and the introduction of cronyism in the party, he added. He said that he would hold another press conference on electoral reforms package in Karachi.