PTI aims for victory in April 21 by-elections


LAHORE:

The PTI is optimistic about sweeping the upcoming by-elections scheduled for April 21, expressing confidence that candidates supported by the former ruling party will participate in the polls despite challenges.

“On the directives of PTI founder Imran Khan, the people of Pakistan will once again demonstrate their trust in PTI-nominated candidates by casting their votes on April 21,” stated PTI Punjab Information Secretary Shaukat Mahmood Basra on Sunday.

Basra emphasized that despite challenges, PTI-backed candidates are actively engaged in electioneering and conducting door-to-door campaigns in their respective constituencies.

“They are conveying Imran Khan’s message of true independence in the country. The response from voters towards PTI-supported candidates is overwhelming, and the party is confident of achieving a clean sweep in the upcoming by-elections,” he added.

According to a notification issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), by-elections are set to take place for six seats of the National Assembly, 12 seats of the Punjab Assembly, two seats each of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Balochistan assemblies, and one seat of the Sindh Assembly.

PTI-supported candidates contesting the April 21 by-polls include: NA-8 (Bajaur) Gul Zafar Khan, NA-44 (Dera Ismail Khan-1) Faisal Amin Khan, NA-119 (Lahore -III) Mian Shahzad Farooq, NA-132 (Kasur-II).

The party-backed candidates for the Punjab Assembly are Hussain Dogar, PP-22 (Chakwal-Talagang) Nisar Ahmed, PP-32 (Gujrat-VI) Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, PP-36 (Wazirabad-II) Fayyaz Chattha, PP-54 (Narowal-I) Awais Oasim, PP-93 (Bhakkar-V) Sikander Ahmed Khan, PP-147 (Lahore-III) Muhammad Madni, PP-149 (Lahore-V) Hafiz Zeeshan, PP-158 (Lahore-XIV) Moonis Elahi, PP-164 (Lahore-XX) Yousaf Mayo, PP-266 (Raheem Yar Khan-XII) Sami Ullah Jutt, PP-290 (DG Khan-V) Mohiyudin Khosa
The PTI-backed candidates for the K-P Assembly constituencies PK-22 (Bajaur-IV) and PK-91 (Kohat-II) are Gul Dad Khan and Daud Shah Afridi, respectively.

Most of these seats were vacated by candidates who had contested and won elections in multiple constituencies during the February 8, 2024 general elections. Under Pakistani law, a returning candidate can only retain one seat in any legislature.

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