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- Saturday, May 25, 2013 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: Reconciliation took place between the newly-elected member of the provincial assembly, Imran Khan Mohmand, and the local office-bearers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf at a largely attended function in Jalala village in Mardan district.


The PTI office-bearers in Takht Bhai tehsil had opposed the decision by Imran Mohmand, who was elected as an independent candidate from PK-27 constituency, to join the PTI without seeking their consent. Imran Mohmand had met PTI’s chief minister-designate Pervez Khattak in Peshawar a few days ago and announced joining the PTI.


However, PTI’s newly elected MNA from NA-10, Ali Mohammad, and its losing candidate in PK-27 Mardan, Adil Nawaz, had reportedly opposed Imran Mohmand’s move as they had not been consulted about it. A statement was also published in the newspapers by the PTI office-bearers opposing Imran Mohmand’s entry into PTI ranks.


However, the two sides later got into contact and managed to overcome their differences. MNA-elect Ali Mohammad, who is also PTI Mardan district president, visited Jalala Friday evening to meet Imran Mohmand and address a public meeting of the latter’s supporters. Both pledged to work together for the uplift of the area and for serving the people. They promised to follow the PTI manifesto and remain loyal to the party leadership.


Imran Mohmand, a former nazim of union council Jalala, had defeated several influential candidates to win the provincial assembly seat, PK-27. Among the losers were former Jamaat-i-Islami provincial minister Fazal Rabbani, former MPA Bahadur Khan of the ANP, PPP candidate Asad Khan who is son of former senior minister Rahim Dad Khan, JUI-F’s Shahid Khan, PTI’s Adil Nawaz and Khurshid Ahmad Khan, nephew of late provincial minister Col Noor Badshah.