PTI officially announces chairman Imran Khan as PM candidate, Key posts yet to be filled

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan formally nominated as his party’s candidate for prime ministery on Monday after a long party meeting and much deliberation.

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Imran was nominated as PTI candidate for the post during the party’s parliamentary committee meeting.

In his speech, the PTI chief recalled the party’s history, his own struggles and achievements, including the 1992 World Cup victory, and laid out future plans.

Party vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi presented a resolution unanimously nominating and accepting Khan as PTI’s premier candidate.

“My focus was not to become an MNA or a prime minister,” Imran said during his address. “The issues over which the nation voted us into power need to be addressed on priority,” he emphasised.

Imran continued, “The country is in an economic crisis and we need to steer it out of it.” “We will approach overseas Pakistanis for repayment of debts,” he added.

Further, the PTI chief lamented his state protocol which was a source of tremendous media upheaval, “I was given official protocol [while coming here today] — the country cannot be run like this.”

If we fail to deliver and bring about positive change then we will suffer the same fate as MMA and ANP, he asserted, referring to the poor electoral show of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and Awami National Party.

Imran also urged party leaders to “save the money of the nation so it can spent on public welfare.” He vowed, “I will take decisions based on merit and for the betterment of the people.”

Vacuum at the top

Despite earlier reports, the party chief did not name anyone on key posts of government, including the speaker and deputy speaker of the National Assembly.

Sources said the party chief will announce the names at a later date himself.

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