Imran To Fight From PTI On Nine Vacant NA Seats

Imran To Fight From PTI On Nine Vacant NA Seats

Election Commission of Pakistan

Just hours after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced the schedule for by-elections to nine general seats in the National Assembly, former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan announced his candidacy for all nine seats in the September 25 elections, setting a new record. 

The nine seats are among the 11 vacated after the National Assembly speaker accepted the resignations of PTI MNAs and de-notified them last week.

Imran Khan’s Decision

Mr Khan’s decision to run in all nine constituencies was first announced on the PTI’s official Twitter account, and was then confirmed by the party’s Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry during a press conference. 

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NA-22 Mardan, NA-24 Charsadda, NA-31 Peshawar, NA-45 Kurram, NA-108 Faisalabad, NA-118 Nankana Sahib, NA-237 Malir, NA-239 Korangi Karachi, and NA-246 Karachi South are the nine seats where by-elections will be conducted on September 25. 

National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf

On July 28, National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf accepted the resignations of 11 PTI MNAs — nine on general seats and two on reserved seats for women — generating an uproar about piecemeal resignation acceptance. These MPs were among the more than 120 who resigned en masse from their NA seats on April 11, two days after former Prime Minister Imran Khan was deposed in a no-confidence vote. 

Ali Muhammad Khan, Fazal Muhammad Khan, Shaukat Ali, Fakhar Zaman Khan, Farrukh Habib, Jamil Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Akram Cheema, Abdul Shakoor Shad, Dr Shireen Mazari, Shandana Gulzar Khan, and Ijaz Ahmed Shah were among the PTI leaders whose resignations were accepted and who were also de-notified as lawmakers by the ECP. Dr. Mazari and Shandana Khan were elected on women’s reserved seats.

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