The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf (PTI) Chair­man Im­ran Khan on Fri­day held a meet­ing with the party's elec­tion tri­bunal head Jus­tice (r) Wa­ji­hud­din Ah­mad and se­nior party mem­ber Hamid Khan to re­solve the sim­mer­ing dif­fer­ences within the party.

Dur­ing the meet­ing that lasted over two hours, it was de­cided that another meet­ing will be held on Au­gust 2 with PTI's na­tional lead­ers, in which Jus­tice (r) Wa­ji­hud­din and Hamid Khan will also take part.

Jus­tice ( r) Wa­ji­hud­din main­tained that Ja­hangir Ta­reen, Aleem Khan, Pervez Khat­tak and Nadir Leghari's party mem­ber­ship had been sus­pended, based on the tri­bunal's de­ci­sion per­tain­ing to the pre­vi­ous in­tra-party elec­tions held in 2013. The re­tired jus­tice ex­pressed his reser­va­tions, es­pe­cially with re­gards to the non-im­ple­men­ta­tion of his tri­bunal's de­ci­sions dur­ing the meet­ing. It was de­cided that this is­sue will be re­solved in the next meet­ing.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Hamid Khan said party lead­ers, in­clud­ing him­self, were not con­sulted when the terms of ref­er­ence for the agree­ment with the PML-N gov­ern­ment to form the Ju­di­cial Com­mis­sion were de­cided on.

While speak­ing to media rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Jus­tice Wa­ji­hud­din said in­tra-party elec­tions will be held on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. He added that Im­ran Khan agreed that di­rect elec­tions should take place for the var­i­ous po­si­tions in the party. He also said that the PTI needed to be in­ter­nally strength­ened, adding that he stands with Im­ran Khan and not the cur­rently es­tab­lished party. He em­pha­sised that PTI's ide­o­log­i­cal work­ers should be given more im­por­tance. He fur­ther said that there are cer­tain pow­ers that are try­ing to dam­age PTI in­ter­nally.

Jus­tice (r) Wa­ji­hud­din was tasked to head a com­mis­sion in 2013 to in­ves­ti­gate "ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties" in PTI's in­tra-party elec­tions that took place be­fore the gen­eral elec­tion in the same year. The tri­bunal had passed sev­eral or­ders on var­i­ous pe­ti­tions and termed the in­tra-party polls, which were com­pleted on March 18, 2013, se­ri­ously flawed and had thus re­duced terms of of­fice of those elected from four years to two years.

The two-mem­ber elec­tion tri­bunal then sum­moned party chair­man Im­ran Khan to ap­pear be­fore it on April 21 to ex­plain why he had not com­plied with its ear­lier or­ders.

The sum­mons came as a sur­prise for many in the PTI as Mr Khan had al­ready dis­solved the tri­bunal in March af­ter it is­sued a de­tailed judg­ment on March 18, rec­om­mend­ing fresh in­tra-party polls due to se­ri­ous ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the in­tra-party elec­tion process and called for the dis­so­lu­tion of all party of­fices at the or­gan­i­sa­tional level. Fol­low­ing the sum­mon, the PTI is­sued another no­ti­fi­ca­tion for the dis­so­lu­tion of its in­tra-party elec­tion tri­bunal on April 25.

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion signed by the PTI chief had said that the tri­bunal formed by the party in 2013 to in­ves­ti­gate "ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties" in the in­tra-party elec­tions stands dis­solved "with ef­fect from March 22". In the last few months, Im­ran Khan has held meet­ings with Jus­tice Wa­jih to ad­dress his reser­va­tions, of which the re­cent meet­ings are an im­por­tant part.

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