Election campaign for by-elections in NA 71 Mianwali has started where Imran Khan won in the general elections by a huge margin but later vacated the seat. A tough contest is expected between PTI Candidate Ayla Malik and PMLN candidate Haji Obaid Ullah Shadi Khel. However; PTI seems to be in hot waters due to internal rift as angry Inam Ullah Niazi has decided to contest as an independent candidate.
Inam Ullah Niazi is cousin of Imran Khan who left PMLN and joined PTI after October 30 Lahore rally. He was elected as party’s senior vice president in the intra-party elections. However, Inam Ullah Niazi got angry when party parliamentary board decided not to award him party ticket from NA 72 Mianwali and preferred Amjad Niazi who joined PTI a few months back.
Inam Ullah Niazi and other family members of Imran Khan have shown their great concerns on Ayla Malik, Amjad Niazi and others saying that they have hijacked the party.
Imran Khan who is already under criticism inside towns of Mianwali for vacating the home seat, may get further dent due to this parallel candidate structure. On the other hand, Shadi Khel and Esa Khel tribes have already joined hands to fight together against PTI in NA 71 By elections.
Inam Ullah Niazi also raised objections on nomination papers of PTI Candidate Ayla Malik but were rejected by returning officer.