PTI chairman Imran Khan decided to run himself alone for the by-elections for all the nine seats that fell vacant after the National Assembly speaker had accepted the resignations of his party’s lawmakers.
The PTI chairman made his decision public after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced the by-polls in the constituencies on September 25.
The PTI chairman’s decision to contest the polls for all the vacant NA seats has raised the stakes of the otherwise considered dull by-elections.
The announcement came a week after the resignations of 9 legislators were accepted by National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. These include Dr Shireen Mazari, Farrukh Habib, Ali Muhammad Khan and Ijaz Ahmed Shah, Fazal Muhammad Khan, Shaukat Ali, Fakhar Zaman Khan, Jamil Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Akram Cheema and Abdul Shakoor Shad.