PTI to screen all new entrants before giving them party positions


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced a change in party policy and all new entrants will now be screened by a committee before official induction into party ranks, reported a private TV channel, Thursday.

The committee will gather information on all interested political leaders before they are accepted as members of PTI. In addition to the constitution of the new committee, Chairman Imran Khan will also not meet all new members, as the policy will put a halt to the practice. The recent influx of political leaders was cited as a reason for the change in party policy.

On May 21, five PTI lawmakers, who were expelled by party chief Imran Khan, served legal notices to the latter, demanding to withdraw allegations of selling votes in Senate elections.

The lawmakers also demanded a public apology in 14 days and Rs5 billion in compensation for ‘baseless allegations’ levelled against them.

The disgruntled lawmakers said they have taken this decision after consultation and if the party chairman failed to respond, then they would move the court under the defamation ordinance of 2002.

On April 18, the PTI chief had announced initiating disciplinary proceedings against 20 lawmakers in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, who allegedly ditched the party during Senate polls.