PESHAWAR— Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan has officially nominated Ali Amin Gandapur as the party’s candidate for the position of Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). This announcement comes after PTI’s resounding victory in the 2024 elections in the northwestern region of KP.

Ali Amin Gandapur, a seasoned politician, previously served as the Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan from October 5, 2018, until April 10, 2022. His political journey began in 2013 when he was elected to the Provincial Assembly of KP as a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. In the 2018 polls, he secured a seat in the National Assembly of Pakistan from Constituency NA-38. Hailing from a politically influential Pashtun family in Dera Ismail Khan, Gandapur brings a wealth of experience to his new role.

In a significant electoral battle in Dera Ismail Khan – NA-44, PTI stalwart Ali Amin Khan Gandapur emerged victorious, defeating Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman by securing 92,244 votes. His nomination as the chief minister reflects PTI’s commitment to governance and leadership in KP.

Imran Khan, who has been in jail since August last year, confirmed Gandapur’s nomination during a formal conversation with journalists. Khan also asserted that PTI would not engage in negotiations with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Muttahid Qoumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) for a coalition government.

As Ali Amin Gandapur steps into his new role, KP residents await the implementation of his vision and policies for the province. The political landscape in KP is poised for change, and all eyes are on the PTI-led government to deliver on its promises.

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