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RAWALPINDI: Though it is welcoming turncoats from PPP and PML-N, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is also worried about losing its leaders, and is seeking assurance on affidavits from applicants for party tickets that they will not join other parties in case they are refused the tickets.

The party has asked all those who have applied for tickets for contesting elections to the national and provincial assemblies to submit assurances to not oppose the party decision on the allocation of tickets.

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All applicants have submitted their affidavits to the party office on stamp paper worth Rs100 stating they would not oppose the party decision or leave the PTI or start a campaign against its candidates.

A senior PTI leader told Dawn that the party was divided into different groups and that the leadership wanted to take a decision on awarding tickets without pressure from any group which was why it wanted the assurances in writing.

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