Loss in by-elections: PM Imran likely to visit Peshawar today

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan will reportedly visit Peshawar today (Monday) to hold consultations on party affairs after the shocking loss in the Nowshera by-poll.

According to details, the Prime Minister will hold meetings with the provincial cabinet and members of the assembly. PM Imran will also be apprised of the reasons for the PTI’s setback in the PK-63 by-poll.

The premier will also meet Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and Governor Shah Farman. During the meeting, the success of the candidates in the Senate elections will be discussed.

The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) suffered a shocking defeat in the last week’s by-polls where a PML-N candidate won the election. According to unofficial results, PML-N’s Ikhtiyar Wali has won by securing 21,122 votes. He was followed by PTI’s Mian Umar Kakakhel, who bagged 17,023 votes.

Federal Minister for Defence Pervaiz Khattak alleged that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has helped the PML-N to steal the public mandate. “The ECP had helped the PML-N to steal the public mandate,” he said, claiming that he has all the “proofs”.

He said that federal ministers Shibli Faraz and Murad Saeed would speak at a press conference in Islamabad today (Monday) along with Mian Mohammad Umar Kakakhel, MNA Dr Imran Khattak, and a panel of lawyers to share all the details with the media.