LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Shafqat Mahmood on Sunday resigned from his position as Lahore organiser after his party was routed in the first phase of local bodies elections particularly in Lahore.
Shafqat Mahmood was the only PTI candidate who had won Lahore NA 126 constituency out of 13 National Assembly seas of provincial capital in the 2013 general elections polling 93,513 votes.
In messages posted on social media website Twitter, the PTI leader said that the party’s performance in the local bodies’ polls was “worse than expected”.
“PTI fared much worse than expected in Lahore LG elections. We did our best but our best was not good enough,” he said. “As district incharge it is my moral duty to accept responsibility for this poor performance. I have today resigned as Lahore organiser.”
It may be added that PTI which was claiming to capture the “Takhat-e-Lahore” in the local bodies elections could manage to pocket only 12 out of 274 seats of the metropolis city. The ruling party PML-N won 235 seats.
Political observers say that Shafqat Mahmood is a former DMG bureaucrat turned politician with no taste for populist politics so much so that he did not visit his constituency NA 126 once during the past two and a half years.
The voters were very much angry with Shafqat and his colleague Mahmoodur Rashid, leader of the opposition in the Punjab Assembly who was also elected from the same constituency. Both by their conduct elitist attitude did much damage to the party that got nearly 7.8 million votes during the last general elections.
Business Recorder has learnt that the PTI Punjab Organiser Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has started writing a report listing causes of the party’s miserable performance in the Saturday’s polling in the first phase of local bodies elections 12 districts of the provenance.