Barrister Gohar Ali Khan has been elected as the new chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) in the intra-party elections conducted as per the directives of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Handpicked by the former PTI chief Imran Khan, Barrister Gohar pledged to fulfill his role as Imran’s representative, emphasizing the party’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law. Expressing confidence in PTI’s resilience, Gohar declared, “When elections take place, we will defeat everyone.”
Opposition Critiques “Selection, Not Election”
While PTI celebrates its seamless transition, the opposition, particularly PML-N, dismisses the process as a “selection, not an election.” Marriyum Aurangzeb, PML-N spokesperson, held a press conference terming PTI’s intra-party elections as a quick “15-minute selection” and questioned the unanimous election of candidates.
Akbar S. Babar, a founding member of PTI, rejected the nomination of Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, citing concerns about transparency and credibility in the party’s election process.
Amidst the celebration and criticism, the PTI’s shift in leadership is not without its share of challenges. Akbar S. Babar, known for filing the foreign funding case against PTI, plans to challenge the intra-party elections, alleging irregularities.
The controversy deepens as PTI faces scrutiny over the transparency of its elections, with critics questioning the speed and fairness of the process. The PTI’s choice to hold intra-party elections, despite objections, showcases the party’s commitment to democratic principles but leaves lingering questions about the intricacies of its internal transformation.