Barrister Ali Zafar says Gohar will contest for chairman’s slot during the intra-party elections
Senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Barrister Ali Zafar Wednesday announced that Gohar Khan will contest for the chairman’s slot during the intra-party elections.
The announcement came amid reported differences within the party over the nomination of the candidate for the top in place of Imran Khan, currently incarcerated in Adiala jail.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had ordered the PTI to hold intra-party elections, nullifying the previous polls held by the party.
Speaking to the media today, Zafar said the former prime minister had recommended Gohar’s name for the post as he was unable to contest elections.
However, there were differences within the leadership as to who should replace Imran Khan — albeit temporarily.
Latif Khosa, the PTI chief’s counsel, added fuel to the fire saying there’s no truth to the reports and Imran will remain the party’s chief.
“There’s no minus Imran Khan. He is PTI’s chairman and will remain so.”
Imran cannot partaker in the polls as he has been disqualified in the Toshakhana case, barring him from leading the party.
According to the PTI leader’s website, Gohar is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and appears in all high courts as well.
He is a law graduate from Wolverhampton University, UK with LLM from Washington School of Law, USA. Gohar has been in active law practice with more than 50 reported judgments to his credit on subjects ranging from taxation, commercial, corporate, arbitration, banking, election, etc.
The PTI leader has civil and criminal trials experience, and even has the honour to appear before the Supreme Judicial Council, Field General Court Martial, and its Court of Appeal.
His clients include public and private companies and important persons, including Imran.
Gohar was a member of the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian and contested elections for the National Assembly in 2008, however, he lost. He then joined the PTI in July 2022.
Sharing his views on the nomination, Gohar said he was speechless at the development and thanked his party and Imran.
“We have the same ideology as Imran Khan. He is our leader whether he is inside or outside the jail. I will take charge until his return.”
He said that the PTI is the same and their struggle is also that of Imran Khan.