Senior leaders Usman Tarakai, Aftab Siddiqui quit PTI

Tariq Saeed

In yet another blow to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf a senior party leader and former MNA from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Usman Khan Tarakai and PTI Karachi president Aftab Siddiqui on Sunday announced to quit the party.

Addressing a press conference, Usman Khan Tarakai, who had been a PTI MNA, told a news conference in Peshawar that he was quitting PTI over May 9 violence, wherein military installations were attacked following arrest of party chairman Imran Khan”. Usman Tarakai said that he belonged to the village of Colonel Sher Khan Shaheed and condemned the May 9 violent protests specially attack on some military installations.

“We stood by Imran Khan till the last breath but the attack on Military installations was against his political approach”. Usman said adding he would announce the ‘future course of action’ after consulting with his advisers.

Agencies add: PTI Karachi president Aftab Siddiqui on Sunday decided to quit the party and politics, a private news reported on Sunday.

In a statement, Aftab Hussain Siddiqui, who had been a member of National Assembly from Karachi, said he has left politics and resigned from the party’s position.

However, he said that as a businessman will continue to serve the country and for improvement of the economy in ‘individual capacity’.

“I started my career as a professional engineer”, Siddiqui said, adding that he has built a ‘solid’ reputation in three decades. He further said that he has dedicated his ‘professional success’ to the welfare of the community.

It is pertinent to mention here that several PTI lawmakers and members have parted their ways with the party following the May 9 violence, wherein military installations including General Headquarters in Rawalpindi and Corps Commander House Lahore were attacked after the arrest of party chairman Imran Khan.