Party members being forced to leave PTI at ‘gunpoint’: Imran


ATC grants IK bail in eight cases

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Tuesday claimed that members of his party were being forced to leave the PTI at “gunpoint”.

Speaking informally to journalists at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad, Imran said, “People are not leaving the party on their own, they are being forced to do so, and that too at gunpoint”.

However, he maintained he was not bothered by the several key PTI leaders who have in recent days called it quits, saying that “parties never die down like that; they are weeded out like the [ruling coalition] PDM is eroding, the way their vote bank is depleting.”

“I am only worried about the workers and especially the women,” he added.

The PTI chief made these remarks ahead of his hearing at the ATC where judge Raja Jawad Abbas was hearing his petition for bail in eight different cases.

“It is not that we do not wish to face these cases,” the lawyer argued.

The anti-terrorism court in Islamabad granted PTI chief Imran Khan bail in eight cases pertaining to the violence at the Judicial Complex, while an accountability court granted interim bail to Bushra Bibi till May 31 in Al-Qadir Trust case.