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Imtiaz Alam is not contesting the election on PTI ticket

Contrary to popular claims, he is contesting the election on Haqooq-e-Khalq party’s ticket

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Claim: Imtiaz Alam is contesting election from the constituency NA-161 Bahawalnagar on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s ticket.

Fact: Imtiaz Alam is contesting in the upcoming general election from the constituency NA-161 Bahawalnagar on the Haqooq-e-Khalq party’s ticket.

On 12 January 2024, several posts on X claimed that former journalist Imtiaz Alam is running for the February 2024 general election on PTI’s ticket. 

Fact or Fiction?

Imtiaz Alam is not contesting elections from the constituency NA-161 Bahawalnagar on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s ticket. He serves as the Secretary General at the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) and is also a columnist and news anchor. 

Alam uploaded a post on X on 13 January 2024, clarifying that he is running for the election on the Haqooq-e-Khalq Party’s ticket. In the post, he is pictured submitting the ticket for HKP’s symbol – the loudspeaker.  

The president of HKP, Farooq Tariq, also shared a post on X clarifying that Alam is contesting from HKP’s ticket and that news regarding his candidacy with PTI is false. His post also includes a 26-second clip of Alam speaking to the media on this matter. 

On a WhatsApp group with journalists, socialist activists and lawyers, Alam also shared a clarification himself, highlighting that he is contesting the election on HKP’s ticket and not PTI’s.

Virality

The posts on X here, here, here, and here received more than 56,515 views.

Conclusion: Imtiaz Alam is not contesting the election on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s ticket. He is contesting in the upcoming general election on the Haqooq-e-Khalq’s party’s ticket.

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