LAHORE -Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Tuesday demanded supervision of by-election in Punjab by polling staff from other provinces in a bid to preempt rigging.

PTI leaders from Punjab

PTI leaders from Punjab demanded polling plan be drawn up with consultation of candidates and that army be deputed inside polling stations to avoid rigging that occurred during general elections in May this year.

These demands came at a news conference addressed by PTI Punjab chief Ijaz Chaudhry and general secretary Dr Yasmin Rashid.

They informed newsmen that Nazeer Sobi would be party candidate for by-poll to NA-68 (Sargodha); Ayla Malik, NA-71 (Mianwali); Faizullah Kamoka, NA-83 (Faisalabad); Mansha Sindhu, NA-129 (Lahore); Wasiq Qayyum Abbas, PP-6 (Rawalpindi); Ajmal Cheema, PP-51 (Faisalabad); Saad Khursheed Kanju, PP-210 (Lodhran); Chaudhry Maqsood, PP-217 (Mian Channu); Sardar Ahmed Ali Dareshek, PP-243 (Dera Ghazi Khan); Abdul Hayee Dasti, PP-244 (Muzaffargarh); Dr Ziaullah Jatoi, PP-289 (Rajanpur); Mehr Wajid Azeem, PP-150 (Lahore); Khalid Mehmood Gujjar, PP-161 (Lahore) and Malik Waqar Ahmed, PP-142 (Lahore). PTI’s candidates for the remaining constituencies would be announced shortly.

About party’s plans for local bodies’ elections in Punjab, the PTI leaders said the group had named a party member, Fareeduddin Ahmed, as party’s Punjab convener for local government committee, while members of the committee consisted of former district, town nazimeen and councilors, who would make preparations for launching the party in local elections.

Coming down hard on PML-N-led government, they said it had failed to deliver in the first 50 days of its rule. It had put an extra burden on a section of Faisalabad industry by imposing fuel adjustment charges on power bills.

They announced the party would fully support protests of power looms and cotton industry of Faisalabad against the unjust imposition of charges.  They also said electricity loadshedding could not be cut down by the government despite decrease in volume of the circular debt.

Also, the PTI leaders expressed solidarity with the Hazara community over a suicide bombing in Quetta, and demanded the government to take immediate steps to protect them.