ISLAMABAD - In a new development, Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has written a letter to dissident senior party leader Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed requesting him to immediately refrain from issuing public statements on behalf of defunct intra-party Election Tribunal. “I am constrained to write this letter as I intend to redress the current unacceptable state of affairs in Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf as a result of your continuous actions notwithstanding the dissolution of the Electoral Tribunal which, unfortunately and to the dismay of party workers, cadres and myself, you have wrongfully refused to accept,” Chairman said in the letter.

Imran Khan said that he himself had set up the Election Tribunal and appointed him (Wajih) to head it with a one point agenda of probing into the petitions in relation to the intra-party elections 2013 - the first time such an election was held by any political party in Pakistan.

“We accepted your report on the petitions and suggested action of re-holding these elections as the Tribunal had found them flawed. However, some of the suggested deadlines in your report were not feasible, especially with regard to the time frame for holding the elections as the electoral rolls had to be rectified and updated which is a time consuming and cumbersome task,” he said.

“As chairman of the party I am now formally requesting you to immediately refrain from issuing any more pronouncements on behalf of the defunct Election Tribunal. I sincerely hope that you will accept this request in the same spirit of good will and good faith that I am making it. I assure you that I will continue to take all steps necessary to ensure that my work and struggle for the party is not undermined,” he added.

Besides this, Central Organiser PTI Jehangir Khan Tareen, on the instructions of the Chairman, has formed 69 members Central Advisory Council to assist and advise the party chief on political affairs.