LAHORE - Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf in an effort to grab the vote bank of the poor, has planned to start an aggressive campaign next week under the banner of one of its newly-formed wings called Insaf Welfare and Relief Committee (IWRC).

PTI Punjab general secretary Dr Yasmin Rashid following the directions of provincial president has constituted IWRC by appointing Sadiqa Sahib Dada as its chairperson and Dr Seemi Bokhari, general secretary to identify the regions and towns in the province where people need food and healthcare services, besides education facilities for the needy children.

A Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf leader told The Nation on Thursday that Insaf Welfare and Relief Committee drive will start from South Punjab, which the party considers the most deprived region of the province, while similar campaign will be initiated in North Punjab in the second leg and the last round to cover the Central Punjab.  He said that IWRC team after identifying the areas that need the mentioned services in different parts of the province will start the provision of free food and healthcare services, besides free education arrangements for the poor children.

When asked why the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf felt the need for Insaf Welfare and Relief Committee launch during local polls campaign, he insisted that purpose of the Insaf Welfare and Relief Committee was solely to serve the needy and it had no political agenda.

However, a veteran political figure among the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf ranks was of the opinion, “We are running the second largest political party of the country and each action of our party has a political consequence.”

He added that Insaf Welfare and Relief Committee if launches a successful campaign ahead of local polls, will definitely prove useful for the party during the LB elections.

The PTI, which enjoys the support of several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and some senior party leaders also running their non-governmental organisations, has also employed their services for making Insaf Welfare and Relief Committee drive a success story.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf which is divided between leaders of liberal and right-wing leaning has also been facing the issue of tussle between the two groups, as the right-wingers are continuously registering their reservations to the party chief over the growing influence of the liberal and non-governmental organisation camp in the party, which they believe are using party platform to mint money for their non-governmental organisations.

The right-wingers maintained that Insaf Welfare and Relief Committee and other fora of its like in the party were part of the non-governmental organisation group to advance their personal businesses.  They proposed the party that it should also constitute a body comprising upright persons among their ranks to monitor distribution of the donations from the IWRC platform.