SIALKOT - The intra-party elections of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) were postponed for an indefinite time after vandalism and hooliganism by some armed workers during polling at main polling station here at Baitul Aroos on Paris on Tuesday.

A spokesman for PTI Khawaja Arif Ahmed (former general secretary of PTI Sialkot district) told the newsmen that polling was underway in a peaceful manner for inter-party elections when some armed PTI men belong to both PTI rival groups namely Shah Nawaz Group and Umer Farooq Mayere Group stormed into the polling station set up at Baitul Aroos on Paris Road Sialkot. They took hostage the workers, agents and polling staff and stopped the polling. The accused also badly tortured physically polling agents and other staff there and broke the furniture on the premises,” he added.

He said that the police was called in and the polling remained suspended for four hours - from 12:00pm to 04:00pm as all the groups were not ready to resume polling.

Meanwhile, some armed PTI men led by Umer Ehsan of Sambrial, a candidate for tehsil president ship of Sambrial, also stormed into a polling station set up at a local hotel in Uggoki for holding PTI inter-party polls there. The accused also brutally tortured polling agents, staff and voters. They snatched ballot papers and all ballot boxes at gunpoint and fled away from the scene by firing into the air.

Advocate Kh Arif said that PTI Chief Imran Khan had condemned vandalism and had ordered a probe. He said that the inter-party elections of PTI in the district have been postponed for an indefinite period due to these unavoidable circumstances.