ISLAMABAD – The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Wednesday sought an explanation from its senior leader Liaquat Ali Jatoi a day after he accused the party leadership of selling tickets for upcoming Senate election.
PTI’s Standing Committee on Accountability and Discipline (SCAD) issued the party leader and former Sindh chief minister a show cause notice for holding a press conference in which “he spoke against the party leadership and hurled accusations.”
This act of yours is against PTI party policy and PTI constitution,” said the notice issued by Salman Aftab, Chairman SCAD. A spokesperson of PTI also said that Jatoi had been issued the notice for his “irresponsible and misleading statement” and an explanation has been sought from him within seven day on a statement that went viral on all platforms of media damaging the party’s repute.
On February 23, while holding a press conference in his home town Dadu, former federal minister Jatoi had questioned the party leadership for giving Senate to Saifullah Abro on a technocrat seat of Sindh. “This ticket (given to Abro) was sold in exchange for Rs 350 million,” he said. “He (Abro) joined the party six months ago. On what basis and merit, he was issued the ticket,” he had also questioned from the party leadership.
Jatoi had objected over the party policy of awarding Senate tickets in Sindh. He said that neither any parliamentary board was formed in the province, nor applications were sought and no discussion was made to award tickets.
He accused that three or four people in the party had awarded Senate tickets to their blue-eyed people. He lamented that the PTI leadership neglected party leaders and office-bearers belonging to the interior of Sindh contrary to the fact that they remained unconditionally loyal to the party.
He also criticized Governor House in Karachi and said that he was at the centre of such decisions. He said that a handful of people sitting in their cozy drawing rooms in Karachi were taking important decisions without knowing about the ground realities.
On the other hand, Abro has sent a legal notice amounting to Rs2bn to Jatoi for damaging his reputation, some private TV channel reported. He in a statement termed these allegations as absurd and said that there was a lobbying against him for the past few days.
The appellate bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) has already rejected nomination papers of Abro for the Senate polls.
Before this, the local leadership of PTI had also protested over the party decision to award Senate tickets to Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda on a general seat and Abro on a technocrat seats from Sindh. However, Prime Minister Khan himself had rejected the objections over these nominations.
A day earlier, PTI’s President from Balochistan Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind had also objected over award of party tickets for Senate election and for not taking into confidence the provincial leadership of party in the decision-making process of these polls.