Shafqat Mahmood accepts responsibility for Lahore debacle

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Shafqat Mehmood on Sunday stepped down from the post of party organiser in Lahore for what he called the party’s poor performance in the recently held local government elections.


The PTI leaders posted a message on the social media saying, “As district in charge it is my moral duty to accept responsibility for this poor performance. I have today resigned as Lahore organizer.”


Mehmood acknowledged that PTI performed much worse than expected during the local government polls in Lahore on October 31.


“PTI fared much worse than expected in Lahore LG elections. We did our best but our best was not good enough,” he said in a tweet.


The first phase of local government elections were held on Saturday.


The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party looked set to emerge as the leading groups in Punjab and Sindh respectively.


According to the unofficial results received so far, of 2,326 seats out of total 2,696 in Punjab, PML-N is leading with 1,049 seats while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has grabbed only 232 seats. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) bagged 38 while the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) secured 33 seats.


Independent candidates succeeded on 912 seats in the province. The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) secured 2 seats each.


In Sindh, according to unofficial results for 770 out of total 1,070 seats, PTI has succeeded in winning only three seats.


Visibly upset over party’s defeat in the LG elections, PTI chief Imran Khan has sought a comprehensive report from the Punjab leadership.


PTI chief has summoned Chaudhary Sarwar and other PTI leaders concerned to Bani Gala along with election record. According to party sources, the PTI will have a detailed review of the results and the report. In the light of report, the future line of action would be decided.


Talking to media late Saturday night, PTI Punjab Organiser Ch Sarwar said the PTI, despite some reservations, contested LG polls for the sake of democracy, adding the party would maintain the same spirit during the next phases as well.


Remaining two phases of local government elections in 24 districts of Punjab will take place in next 50 days.


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