ISLAMABAD - Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan is making last ditch efforts to placate the disgruntled groups and individuals within the party to make his much-hyped Raiwind march successful.

Though Imran Khan is still sticking to his stance to hold Raiwind march on the 30th of this month as a protest to pressurize the government to get Panama leaks probed, he is very upset over the internal rifts within the party, a PTI insider said yesterday.

Senior leadership within the PTI fears that the fissures within the party at this crucial time can affect its protest march that is being held towards the palatial residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family. The party is already disappointed over the low number of gatherings in its earlier rallies held in Islamabad and Lahore one after the other.

“During the last few days, Khan is only giving one message to all disgruntled groups that all should focus on September 30 rally in Lahore and after that he would hear the concerns of all one by one,” an office bearer of PTI’s Central Secretariat said.

In addition to that, Khan has also met with the leadership of PTI’s wings including youth wing that have recently stood against the General Secretary of the party Jehangir Khan Tareen following his decision to dissolve all these wings including youth wing, labour wing and women wing. With this, the resignation of Additional Secretary General PTI Saifullah Khan Niazi at this time has made a difficult situation for the party chairman as Mr Niazi is an old diehard supporter of the party and leads a major group within the PTI.

The youth wing of PTI has hurled several allegations over Jehangir Khan Tareen and its leadership in a letter written to the chairman has accused him of promoting the horse-trading culture in the party. The disgruntled leaders of the youth wing even tried to create disturbance in workers convention held in Islamabad where Imran Khan looked angered over their protest and had issued them a warning.

In addition to that, the estranged legislators of PTI belonging to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have started causing more problems for the PTI chairman as they have recently met in Peshawar to make their future strategy to launch a protest against KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and his cabinet.

“Khan is personally handling the issue of resignation of Saifullah Khan Niazi and his resignation has not been accepted yet,” said Iftikhar Durrani, the head of PTI’s Central Media Department. Khan has said that this was between him and Niazi, he said and added that Niazi resigned on personal reasons.

According to some media reports, Niazi, one of the most confidants of Khan, resigned over his differences with the secretary general as his confidants were being replaced with the Tareen’s over key posts in the party. A PTI leader, who was participant of the other day’s core committee meeting said that Khan had made it clear in the meeting that nobody should comment on the resignation of Niazi as he was personally looking into this mater.

PTI Secretary General Jehangir Khan Tareen on Monday held a meeting with the former office bearers of youth wing from KP. “The purpose of the meeting was to dispel the wrong impression being given in the media about youth wing,” he said after the meeting. “Youth wings have not been dissolved but devolved,” he said. He also said that Niazi did not resign due to his differences with him. “I have no differences with Mr Niazi and the media reposts in this regard are wrong,” he said.

“The leadership of the party wings is not understanding the issue. We have devolved these wings as the party had already been divided into regions instead of at the provincial level,” said Iftikhar Durrani.

When the party has a structure with regard to regions, how we can maintain these wings at central or provincial level, he said. He said the party was facing coordination problems with this. The leadership of wings wants structure at provincial and central level, Durrani said adding that the entire wings now had been taken on board for the preparations of Raiwind march. About the meeting of disgruntled party lawmakers, he said that their main demand was transparent release of development funds and this had already been accepted as all discretionary funds in KP has been abolished.

On the other hand, PTI has made plans to mobilise the party workers from Punjab, Karachi, interior Sindh, Balochistan, KP and Gilgit Baltistan from next Sunday for its Raiwind march. It has been decided that the main leadership of the party would lead the rallies from their areas or constituencies and would start leaving for Lahore from next Sunday.