Four more PTI leaders jump ship


Four more Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders on Friday parted their ways with the party over May 9 violence, wherein military installations including military’s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi and Corps Commander House Lahore were attacked.

The three PTI leaders, who parted ways with party, are former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister Muhammad Iqbal Wazir, former Balochistan minister Mubeen Khilji, Malik Jawad, former MNA from Orakzai and former MNA Jai Parkash.

Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, Mubeen Khilji announced he is parting ways with the PTI in protests against the May 9 violence.

“We wanted peaceful protests,” he said, condemning the vandalism following the arrest of party chairman Imran Khan.

Khilji claimed that he was not pressurised into taking the decision, instead elaborated that the reason behind leaving the party was the ‘nation’s security’.

“We cannot under any condition remain a party to the violence that took place on May 9,” he added.

Muhammad Iqbal Wazir, addressing a press conference, said that he was resigning from PTI’s basic membership and North Waziristan’s district presidency.

“My consciousness will never allow to me stay with a political party that is going against state institutions,” he added.

Meanwhile, Malik Jawad, announcing to quit the party, condemned the violence that took place on May 9 following the arrest of PTI chief. “I cannot support a political party, which attack the military installations,” he added.

Former MNA from Sindh Jai Parkash Ukrani on Friday, addressing a presser, said he condemned the May 9 attacks adding that he was not intended to do leave the party until May 8. “When I saw damage being done to security installations [I took the decision],” he added.