LAHORE – The top leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has failed to bridge the gap between the new and old leaders despite increasing the members of the Regional Steering Committees (RSCs) of Punjab and the party which is vying to bring a tsunami of change still faces internal chaos, TheNation has learnt.

It may be noted here that PTI has divided Punjab into four zones for putting in place the regional steering committees. Sources in PTI privy to the information regarding increase in the members of the RSCs and its purpose told this scribe on Friday that members of the RSC of Central Zone increased from 18 to 34 while 13 members of the North Zone now reached to 32. Similarly, the RSC of South Zone increased from 19 to 46, while the West Zone reached 41 from its earlier strength of 17.

They added that the purpose of this increase was to maintain a balance between the strength of the new and old cadres, as the founding or old leaders of the PTI had complained about the ‘invasion’ of the newcomers of all the top party offices including the regional steering committees. However, the party’s high command, which is mainly based on newcomers except the party chief has once again failed to create a good working relationship even with increasing the members of the RSCs, as the founding members who were calling themselves the (real old guard) claimed that regional committees were swarming with the ‘interest groups’ belonging to both new and old opportunist leaders, leaving no room for the real workers in the party at any tier.

Sources quoting the real workers said that party chief, Imran Khan has directed the selectors of the RSCs to uphold merit and political experience and sacrifices of a person as a criterion to nominate the member of the RSCs. However, the selectors ignoring Imran Khan’s directions nominated the members for the RSCs gave preference to the lists of their own groups in the party plus their likeminded in the old leaders.

They added that so-called political bigwigs in the party mainly based on the newcomers have joined hands with their likeminded in the old party line to steal the upcoming intra-party poll in a bid to grab all major party positions.

The sources informed that Imran Khan has summoned a meeting of the RSCs in Islamabad on Sunday (tomorrow) to ask the selectors of the committees about the mess during the selection of the committees, which could assist the formation of a splinter of the PTI.

No senior PTI leader including the central spokesman, Shafqat Mehmood was available for comments despite the repeated efforts of this scribe.  However, PTI information secretary Punjab, Andleeb Abbas has only confirmed the RSCs meeting in Islamabad under the chairmanship of Imran tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the PML-N should learn to live like a small political party in the provincial capital and stop intimidating its political opponents by using the administrative force, said the PTI leaders.

PTI leaders, Sardar Asif Ahmad Ali, Farooq Amjad Mir, Hammad Azhar, and Mahmood Gillani expressed these views while addressing a press conference at party’s central office in the provincial metropolis against the alleged intimidation of its leaders and activists by the PMLN leaders in the vicinities of NA-120, formerly NA-95, constituency of PML-N chief.

They alleged that local goons supported by PML-N leaders Khawaja Imran Nazir and Bilal Yaseen in NA-120 resorted to violence when the PTI launched its campaign to open its party offices in the mentioned national assembly constituency.