PM Imran Khan forms PTI’s Supreme Committee to prepare strategy for local body elections

Lahore: Prime Minister Imran Khan has set up the party’s senior-led 21-member Supreme Committee for the upcoming local body elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after suffering a major setback in the recently held first phase of the KPK elections.

According to sources, the first meeting of the committee has been called in Islamabad today and it will be chaired by the Prime Minister himself.

Ministers Hammad Azhar, Shafqat Mahmood, Pervez Khattak, Murad Saeed, Chief Ministers Mahmood Khan and Usman Buzdar, and NA President Asad Qaiser will all be present at the meeting.

Sources said the meeting will decide the political strategy regarding the second phase of the KP LB elections and important decisions are also expected regarding the electoral battle in Punjab.

According to sources, the mayoral candidates of Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan, DG Khan, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, Sargodha and Rawalpindi will be reviewed in the PTI meeting.

Sources said names of political figures would also be considered for mayors in Gujarat and Sialkot, while the strategy for the second phase of local body elections in KP would be worked out.

The PTI was badly defeated in the first phase of the KPK elections, in which the opposition parties won a majority.

The ruling party has conceded defeat in the elections, blaming internal differences for the defeat.

Confirming the meeting, Union Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that PM Imran Khan will chair the meeting of senior leadership of PTI today.

He said in a tweet that important organizational and policy issues will be discussed in this advisory meeting.