ISLAMABAD: The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf ( PTI ) has dissolved almost all its establishments, bodies, wings and sub-organizations to pave the way for the creation of new bodies in line with the recently-approved party’s constitution. All officer-bearers of the party, except for chairman Imran Khan, vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi and 5 others, shall cease to keep office. Based on the party’s central press department announcement on Sunday, the PTI has dissolved the existing party design and a notice in this regard has been granted.
The notification states: “All the existing organizations, structures, wings and sub-organizations of the party at all ranges in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ( KP), Balochistan and in the parts of Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad Capital Territory stand dissolved in consultation with the chief organizer with immediate effect .” It adds that most the party office-bearers shall cease to keep the office , except Mr. Khan, Mr. Qureshi, Chief Organiser Saifullah Khan Niazi, Secretary General Arshad Dad, Finance Secretary Sardar Azhar Tariq Khan, Data Secretary Omar Sarfaraz Cheema and OIC Secretary Dr. Abdullah Riar.
Speaking with Dawn, a spokesman for the PTI declared the step to dissolve all the party chapters had been made in line with the party’s fresh constitution publicized on the party’s founding day celebrated on May 1. The spokesman declared the new office-bearers would be nominated within the following few days for an interim period till the time of the elections. Responding to a query, he declared the intra-party elections were expected to be held in the year 2021.
Under the new constitution, uniformity had been brought in the design of the party that would have various tiers including provincial, divisional and district chapters, he declared. Before the presidents had the powers to make choices, but under the new system the committees would be formed at all levels for decision-making and devising policies, he described. Besides, a federal election commission would be constituted for conducting the intra-party elections in a free, fair and transparent manner, he said. Party office-bearers will not be made a member of the commission, which would also be responsible for maintaining and upgrading the members’ information.