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    Political Turbulence as Police Collect Nomination Data

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    In a surprising turn of events, law enforcement, both uniformed and in plainclothes, has been observed stationed outside the offices of returning officers, reportedly gathering data on individuals filing nomination papers. The situation took a dramatic twist in Bhalwal and Kotmomin tehsils, where police allegedly confiscated nomination papers from a representative of PTI Vice President of North Punjab, Mehr Ansar Iqbal Haral, outside the RO office in Sargodha (PP-74 III). Additionally, two PTI leaders, including Iftikhar Gondal from Sargodha (PP-81), have reportedly distanced themselves from the party, signaling potential internal turmoil. The political landscape in the Sargodha division appears to be in disarray as longstanding members of PTI have either departed or withdrawn from active politics, raising questions about the party’s stability in the region.

    The situation becomes more apparent in NA-87 (Khushab), where the representative of PTI leader Malik Umar Aslam Awan was reportedly arrested, and the nomination papers he obtained were seized. The actions of the police, seemingly inhibiting PTI leaders from filing nomination papers, cast a shadow over the party’s prospects in the upcoming elections.

    Amidst this political unrest, there are allegations that law enforcement and other organizations are actively collecting data on individuals receiving nomination papers. This strategic move aims to counter the PTI’s approach of introducing new faces in the political arena. The development raises concerns about the level of interference in the democratic process, as the free and fair conduct of elections is fundamental to the democratic principles that underpin the political system.

    As the political landscape undergoes these unexpected shifts, the public watches closely, seeking transparency and fairness in the electoral process. The incidents involving the confiscation of nomination papers and arrests raise questions about the role of law enforcement in the political arena and the potential impact on the democratic exercise.

    The apparent disarray within the PTI in the Sargodha division adds complexity to the unfolding situation. The departure of longstanding members and the reported interference by law enforcement creates an atmosphere of uncertainty and anticipation ahead of the upcoming elections.

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