PESHAWAR - NADER BUNERI  - A tough competition is expected in PTI party election to elect their new president for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter as the party has started preparations for the upcoming party elections, which is expected to be held in the middle of next month.

Talking to TheNation, PTI former President Asad Qaiser said that preparation for the upcoming party elections are in full swing and soon a final list would be shortlisted after consultation with the party leadership. He said that it would be premature that which group is strong and has a popular support but rather it would decide the time.

When asked regarding the fixed schedule of the party elections, he said that the party leadership has not decided in this regard, however, it is expected in the middle of next month.

Sources in PTI told TheNation that three panels have been nominated which include panel of former PTI provincial information secretary Zahid Hussain, panel of Parvez Khattak and panel of Asad Qaiser. It has been decided that elections would be held for each and every position so that nobody could question justification of new position-holders, who would take the party into general elections.

A member of the PTI’s Central Executive Committee told this scribe that at present the party was preparing voter lists which would be used in the party elections to make it a free and fair exercise. Of late the PTI has been in news for differences among its top leaders, which according to some close observers were serious.

The sources said that apparently all the three panels were equally strong but it would decide the time of election that who would get the support of majority. He rejected the reports that differences have surfaced in PTI ranks on the issue of party elections. He said that the party election was a democratic process and every panel had the right to field their own candidates for party designations.

He also mentioned that several workers in Swat and southern districts are supporting his panel and campaign for mustering support of maximum candidates is underway.

It is believed that the penal of Asad Qaiser is looking stronger as workers of most of the districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have expressed full confidences on his leadership of Asad Qaiser while another important person Saad Abdullah has also joined the panel of this group.

Saad Abdullah is among one of the founding members of Pakistan Tahreak-e-Insaf in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and also remained provincial information secretary of the party. For the slot of Provincial General Secretary tough competition is expected among Farooq Hoti son of Khwaja Mohammad Khan Hoti, Shaukat Yousafzai and Saad Abdullah.

It is expected that in the upcoming days Asad Qaisr group will nominate their candidate from Hazara for the slot of General Secretary. Some of the part sources said that out of 25 districts 17 districts president hinted their support with Asad Qaiser for Provincial Presidency.

It is worth mentioning here that all the candidates including Asad Qaiser and Zahid Hussain have been serving the party since long and all of them have their own sacrifices for the cause of the party.

In the upcoming party election it will be proved that who will be the liking candidate of the majority for next provincial President of the Party.