PTI candidates have been facing criticism of late for their issuance of party tickets on the basis of familiarity or blood ties. There are many candidates who are given ticket to contest for the upcoming by-elections by a familiar leader.

The Defense Minister Pervaiz Khattak has given the party ticket for PK-64 (Nowshera IV) to his brother Liaquat Khattak who had also served as the District Nazim of Nowshera. 

The son of Pervaiz Khattak, Ibrahim Khattak will also be contesting the elections from PK-61 constituency from Nowshera. The ANP leaders criticized Pervaiz Khattak’s decisions and said that he has violated the rules. They further asserted that the government machinery is being utilized by Pervaiz Khattak to favor his brother and son.

Similarly, the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar has given the party ticket to his younger brother Aqibullah to contest from PK-44 constituency in Swabi. The brother of Ali Amin Gandapur, Faisal Amin will be contesting from PK-97 constituency. According to reports, Faisal Amin holds a nationality of France and has given up the nationality on the insistence of his brother to contest in the upcoming by-elections.

Aghaz Khan Gandapur, the son of Sardar Ikramullah Gandapur who was assassinated a week before the general elections will be contesting from PK-99.  The polls in PK-99 were postponed as a result of his tragic passing.

MNA Dr. Haider Ali Khan has issued party ticket to his nephew Sajid Khan to contest from PK-3 constituency in Swat.

The governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman has given the party ticket to his younger brother Zulfiqar to contest from PK-71. This decision has been met with a lot of criticism.

Lastly, the nephew of Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed will also be contesting in the by-elections. Sheikh Rasheed Shafique has submitted the nomination papers to contest from NA-60 constituency where polls were previously postponed.

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