MULTAN: A group of enraged PTI workers surrounded the residence of party’s central leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi against what they described as unjust distribution of tickets for local government elections here on Wednesday.

The PTI workers from UC 67, who had started assembling up outside Shah Mahmood’s residence since Tuesday night, vowed to continue the siege and observe hunger strike if their candidate was not issued ticket.

“The parliamentary board of the party for NA-151 nominated our candidate Chaudhry Asif Irshad for the ticket but the ticket was issued to Malik Jahanzeb Bucha instead,” the protester lamented while talking to The Nation.

The candidates, who are refused party tickets, have expressed strong reactions as the PTI started issuing tickets to its prospective candidates for December 5 local government election in Multan. The female workers of PTI threw chairs on one another on ticket dispute in party’s district office the other day while male workers exchanged hot words.

The protesters disclosed that they turned down a dialogue offer from Shah Mahmood Qureshi. “We do not want to hold any talks behind closed doors. If he (Shah Mahmood) wants to say anything, he should come out and say it publicly,” they added.

Talking to this scribe, district organizer of PTI Ijaz Janjua said that neither the parliamentary board nominated Ch. Asif Irshad nor he was promised a ticket. “Four members of the board nominated Ch. Asif Irshad while five supported Malik Jahanzeb Bucha. So the latter was issued the ticket,” he claimed.