LAHORE- Former PTI leader Fauzia Kasuri who has recently resigned from the party may get the party ticket for NA-48,Islamabad, by-polls if she rejoins Imran Khan, The Nation has learnt.

Insiders in the PTI privy to the information regarding a meeting between Fauzia Kasuri and Imran Khan late Friday night (June 7) told this correspondent on Saturday that the party chief has asked her to withdraw resignation and she will be duly accommodated, keeping in view her long services for the party.  They revealed that Fauzia Kasuri who met with the party chairman with the efforts of some senior party leaders was likely to take a decision over Imran Khan’s offer at a next meeting with him soon.

They quoted close aides of the party chairman as saying that Fauzia could be named as senior advisor to Imran Khan or awarded ticket for NA-48 by-polls if she rejoined PTI.

When asked about Asad Umer’s status who has already been nominated by the party leadership as a candidate for NA-48 by-polls, the insiders said he would not resist the party chairman’s decision to accommodate Fauzia Kasuri from the federal capital seat.  Former PTI women wing president Fauzia Kasuri had resigned from the party three days before after failing to get the party ticket for NA-48 by-polls.  The friction between Fauzia Kasuri and the party’s high command started when she raised voice against the distribution of party tickets for women reserved seats, ignoring those having long association with the party.

Fauzia who was a founding member of the PTI couldn’t reach the National Assembly on a reserved seat wants to become part of the Parliament by contesting by-polls from NA-48. The party leadership has, however, already nominated Asad Umer, a close aide of Imran Khan, as the party candidate from the federal capital seat.

Feeling sidelined, Fauzia decided to resign from the party. She left Imran Khan three days before by making an announcement in a press conference inIslamabad.

With PTI’s winning six reserved seats, four in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two in Punjab, Fauzia lost the chance to reach the Parliament as her name was at serial No four in the party’s women reserved seats’ list from Punjab. Dr Shireen Mazari and Munazza Hassan reached the National Assembly on the reserved seats fromPunjab.

Some conflicting news reports, immediately after the resignation of Fauzia, claimed Maryam Nawaz and Kulsoom Nawaz had invited Fauzia to join PML-N. While close circles of Fauzia told this scribe a day before her resignation that she had not decided to change her political course so far, but one could not predict about tomorrow. They added that Fauzia was in to be or not to be state at this moment.

The disgruntled Fauzia before her resignation said that she had been receiving signals from the inner circles of the party chairman that she was not needed anymore.

Complaining of the indifferent attitude of the top party leaders, she said that no one had contacted her or replied to her emails to listen to the injustice to her.

Ironically, some PTI leaders who were declaring Fauzia an asset to the party at the time of her resignation started asserting that the party decisions could not be made according to the wishes of an individual.