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Khan to unite politically fragmented Karachi behind banner of change


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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan is scheduled to land in Karachi today [Tuesday] to take part in the two-day election campaign in the city. His departure is delayed due to heavy rains at the start of monsoon season.

It created a stir among the people of lyari- who had an emotional connection with Bhutto’s of Larkana.

PTI chairman is expected to tour different areas of the city to woo voters. During the first day of his tour, Khan will reach Memon Goth to lay down the foundation stone of an orphanage and later in the day, he will make a visit to his National Assembly constituency-NA-243. It is one of the five constituencies from where PTI chief is contesting the July 25th  elections.

According to a list published on PTI’s official website, Khan will be contesting elections from NA-35 Bannu, NA-53 Islamabad II, NA-95 Mianwali I, NA-131 Lahore IX and NA-243 Karachi.

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The NA-243 Karachi East-I is includes  Gulshan-i-Iqbal subdivision and parts of Jamshed Quarters-[which includes charge no-12 and charge no 14 of Karachi East District].

The other candidates opposing Khan from the constituency includes Sheikh M. Shah Jahan of PML-N, Shehla Raza of PPP, Ali Raza Abidi of MQM-P and Osama Razi  contesting as  independent candidate.

Imran has kicked off his election campaign from Mianwali on June 24. He is slated to address more than 100 public meetings across the country during a marathon campaign for the upcoming general elections.

He addressed the huge crowd in Bannu on July 01, where he lambasted Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman and termed him a magnet drawn to power.

According to the election campaign travel log issued on Sunday, Khan is expected to travel to 25 cities of Punjab, KP, and Sindh in next three weeks into the elections.

PTI chief will spend 14 days in Punjab and five days in KP, where his party is expected to win with big margins after a good performance in last-five years.

During the first day of his tour, Khan will reach Memon Goth to lay down the foundation stone of an orphanage and later in the day, he will make a visit to his National Assembly constituency-NA-243.

In Sindh, Imran is expected to spend 5-days. It includes three days in Karachi, where a total of 19-seats are up for grabs. Moreover, PTI team will also spend two days in interior Sindh, to convince the ignored people of Sindh to vote for change, under Imran’s slogan of ‘do nahi, aik Pakistan’.

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Karachi has become a major battleground for all the national and regional parties. A city which generates the bulk of Pakistan’s revenue and is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s economic stability is buzzing with the political activity.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has started a vigorous campaign from his Karachi constituency-where he was met with anger as crowed pelted his squad with stones. It created a stir among the people of lyari- who had an emotional connection with Bhutto’s of Larkana.

PTI which emerged as the second largest party in Karachi after MQM-Pak in 2013, is targeting a major haul in the upcoming polls.

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