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Infighting breaks out in Imran’s party

Infighting has broken out in Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf over choosing a Chief Minister for the crucial Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, with two top leaders jockeying for the position.

Pervez Khattak, the secretary general of the party, and Asad Qaisar, the president of the party’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter, are in the race for the post of Chief Minister.

Khan’s party has emerged the single largest force in the provincial assembly and is trying to cobble together a coalition.

A party spokesman in Peshawar had initially announced that Khattak would be the Chief Minister but the media reported on Tuesday that Khan was backing Qaisar for the position.

A statement from party said no one had been nominated for the post of Chief Minister as yet. It said consultations were underway in this regard.Qaisar defeated Khattak in intra-party elections held this year and became the provincial president. He was president of the provincial chapter during 2008-2011.
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