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Sindh PTI leaders raises objection over senate nomination of Faisal Vawda, Abro

Senate tickets being given to Federal Minister Faisal Vawda and wealthy construction contractor Saifullah Abro has created a rift among PTI leaders from Sindh. They have written a letter to Sindh Governor Imran Ismail over it.PTI has been under fire from its provincial chapters in Sindh and Balochistan for awarding Senate tickets to Vawda and Abro.

Earlier, the central party leadership withdrew the Balochistan Senate ticket from business tycoon Abdul Qadir after backlash and issued it to Zahoor Agha.

Faisal Vawda is presently a member of the National Assembly from Karachi West (NA-249) but a petition seeking his disqualification for hiding his dual nationality at the time of contesting the election in July 2018 is pending before the ECP.

Last week, the ECP had expressed displeasure over Mr Vawda’s absence from proceedings and imposed a fine of Rs50,000 on him for “repeatedly asking for postponements”.

The commission has now set Feb 24 as the next date of hearing, directing Mr Vawda to “personally” appear in the ECP on that date.

Meanwhile, PTI leaders held a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is also PTI’s vice-chairperson, and expressed their reservation over the selection of candidates for the Senate ticket.

Rural Sindh leaders approached the governor on Sunday to show their anger and demand the party’s high command to take back tickets from Vawda and Abro.

In the letter, PTI office-bearers from three regions said they were “extremely disappointed with the entire process” of the selection of PTI’s candidates for the Senate polls.

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