Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Governor serves legal notice to PTI leader

Governor serves legal notice on PTI leader

Governor was accused of selling Peshawar mayor’s ticket.

PESHAWAR: After the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) minister for higher education Kamran Bangash, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman also sent legal notice to Arbab Muhammad Ali over the allegation of selling the Peshawar Mayor’s ticket.

Arbab Muhammad Ali, nephew of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Arbab Shehzad, had alleged that Governor KP Shah Farman and the provincial minister had sold the mayor’s ticket for Rs70 million.

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Yesterday, Bangash had sent a notice to Ali seeking Rs500 million in damages. The notice stated that Arbab Muhammad Ali has harmed his reputation by fabricating allegations of taking Rs20 million for awarding ticket to Rizwan Bangash. Now a spokesman for the Governor’s House says that Governor Shah Farman has sent a legal notice to Ali over the allegations.

In a video, Arbab Muhammad Ali, brother of PTI National Assembly member Arbab Sher Ali and nephew of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Arbab Shehzad, accused Farman and Bangash of selling the mayor seat tickets to an unknown candidate Rizwan Bangash for Rs70 million.  But the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for health and Finance Taimur Salim Jhagra said that Rizwan Bangash was nominated through mutual consensus by the party leadership in Peshawar.

Former Nazim Town III Arbab Muhammad Ali had applied for PTI ticket for Peshawar mayor but the party leadership issued party ticket to Rizwan Bangash. In his video statement, Ali demanded party chairman Imran Khan to conduct a transparent inquiry into the matter. Ali has demanded a commission of inquiry to probe the reasons for the party’s failure in the local government elections.

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Rejecting all the allegations, PTI candidate for Peshawar Mayor Rizwan Bangash said in his video statement that the allegations were “baseless” and “shameful”. Rizwan Bangash said that PTI secured only 195 votes out of 2,912 poll votes in Arbab family’s neighborhood Tehkal.

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