KARACHI: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Monday called Pakistani leaders Tehreek-e-Insaf Sindh’s concern over Senate ticket distribution “justified” and said provincial leaders correctly raised their objections to the Senate allocation of tickets to Faisal. Vawda, which is the MNA sat.
Speaking with Hamid Mir in the Capital Talk, Umar said Vawda also had a valid justification for stating his preference for moving to the Senate because he faced a [dual nationality] cases in which there is a risk that the decision could be detrimental to him.
“PTI respects Vawda’s preference because he is the central leader of the party and the federal minister,” he said. Senate tickets given to Vawda and wealthy construction contractor Saifullah Abro have created a rift between PTI leaders in Sindh. On Sunday, a group of key PTI leaders from three Sindh rural zones wrote a letter to Sindh Governor Imran Ismail expressing their anger and demanding that the party’s top command take back tickets from Vawda and Abro.
Shakoor Shad and Dr Amir Liaquat Hussain, PTI MNA from Karachi, also reportedly opposed the party’s central leadership decision to give tickets to Vawda and Abro.
Meanwhile, Vawda said on Monday that the PTI decision was “of the utmost importance to me after Allah” and that divisions among the ruling party were “not a big problem”. In an exclusive interview with Geo News, Vawda said he could not comment on the dual nationality case because it had already been tried by the court.
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