LAHORE - PTI’s top leadership, fearing serious anger wave within the party, has decided not to release the findings of the Tasnim Noorani Commission report dealing with malpractices by the party leaders for financial gains during the award of tickets for the May 2013 general polls, The Nation has learnt.
The PTI chairman constituted a commission under the command of Tasnim Noorani, former interior secretary, to investigate the allegations of wrongful award of tickets to get financial gains.
The PTI high command had announced on several occasions that the Tasnim Noorani Commission report would be made public, but no such action has been taken so far.
Some members of the PTI core committee (policymaking body of the party) told the committee at a meeting held in the first week of February that there was strong anger among many leaders, especially the founding members, over the non-release of the Noorani commission report.
They added the party chairman was told at the meeting that some party leaders feel the process of award of party tickets was not fair and transparent as they were unduly ignored to benefit others for monetary gains.
They said the Noorani Commission report was shown to the core committee members during the said meeting and the party chairman decided that some of the findings of the report (not so harsher) should be made public in an effort to pacify the angry party leaders.
However, later, it was decided by the inner circle of the party with the consent of the chairman that it would be better to face the heat from angry party leaders regarding the Noorani Commission report instead of facing a propaganda campaign from the ruling party. Tasnim Noorani, when contacted, said, “The report is meant for internal consumption of the party to provide them with future guidelines through recommendations to avoid mistakes and flaws in ticket-awarding process.”
At the same time, he claimed: “There is no serious finding in the report and the party’s top leadership might have decided not to make it public to avert undue and baseless propaganda drive against the party.
When asked why the report was not being made public when the party leadership had repeatedly announced to do so, he said, “I can’t go any further on this issue.”
Ijaz Chaudhry, a core committee member, had told this scribe in the second week of February that the fate of the report would be decided at a next meeting of the committee. The core committee met on February 27 in Islamabad, but the Noorani Commission report was not even at the bottom of the agenda items.
Ijaz who is also PTI Punjab president, when contacted, said, “I cannot say anything with certainty about making the report public. The agenda of the core committee meeting held on February 27 was terrorism and Nato supply line blockade by the PTI.”
He insisted: “The fate of the Noorani Commission report may be decided at some other meeting of the core committee.
An old guard of the PTI told this correspondent on Friday that the core committee members and the party chairman were given concrete evidence concerning money minting on part of the party leaders from the applicants of tickets for the 2013 general elections, ignoring the founding members.
He remarked the party which needs strength in Punjab would face more difficulties by not weeding out various interest groups from the party. Moreover, if the Noorani Commission report was made public, it could play an important role in mending the ways of the party.