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Policy change: PTI to screen new entrants into party

Under the new policy, Imran Khan will also not meet the new entrants.

ISLAMABAD: Amid induction of new members into the party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has revised its policy that makes it compulsory for new entrants to be screened by a committee before they are officially included in the party fold.

According to reports, the party committee will gather information on all interested political leaders before they are accepted as members of PTI. Under the new rule, party chairman Imran Khan will also not meet all new members. The party officials have termed recent influx of political leaders as a reason for the change in party policy.

On May 23, two sitting members of provincial assemblies from Charsadda and Sargodha announced their decision to join the PTI. The two lawmakers met Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence before joining his party.

Political leaders from different parties are making their way into the PTI of late, while most of them belong to the PML-N.

In addition, Rana Sohail, a former Punjab lawmaker from Shujabad tehsil of Multan, also met Imran Khan and joined the PTI. Janoobi Punjab Sooha Mahaz, a political front comprising more than a dozen PML-N MNAs and MPAs, also merged with the PTI a week ago.

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.

They also threatened to approach court against Khan.

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