Dr Azhar Jadoon who is a well known social worker, President Pakistan Doctors Associations and runner up of last elections of NA-17 as independent candidate has formally announced to join PTI after having a meeting with PTI chairman Imran Khan at his residence in Islamabad.
Dr Azhar Jadoon is a very popular political figure of district Abbottabad who is very active at grass root level throughout the district for last several years. He contested elections in 2008 as an independent candidate against Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan Abbasi of PML-N and Aman Ullah Khan Jadoon of PML-Q and stood second as Sardar Mehtab won that election. It's important to note here that Dr Azhar Khan Jadoon took more than 38000 votes while Sardar Mehtab grabbed 50 thousands plus votes. Getting such a big number of votes as an independent candidate shows the popularity of Azhar Jadoon in the region.
Others who joined PTI along with Dr Azhar, include Zargul Khan Ex-MPA from Kala Dhaka Mansehra who belonged to PML-Q and Abdur Rehman Abbasi who was runner up in last elections of PF-45 against the son of Sardar Mehtab--Sardar Shamoon Yar Khan. Abdur Rehman Abbasi belongs to Malkot Area of Circle Bakote which is the home town of Sardar Mehtab as well.
After joining of these notables from district Abbottabad, now it's expected that PTI will give a tough time to PML-N which has ruled the region for so long.