Senior PTI leader quits Imran Khan’s party over violent May 9 activities

ISLAMABAD: Firdous Ashiq Awan resigned from Imran Khan‘s social gathering on Friday over the latest violent and “terrorist actions” and mentioned the previous prime minister and Pakistan can not go collectively, turning into the newest senior chief to stop the opposition social gathering.
Awan, 53, served as particular assistant to the Prime Minister on Info and Broadcasting from 2019 to 2020.
She is the newest politician who resigned from Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) social gathering.
Awan, the previous federal minister for inhabitants welfare, mentioned she was parting methods with the PTI over the social gathering’s “violent and terrorist actions”.
“I imagine that the martyrs … their love and the nation’s respect are part of our religion. Those that disrespected martyrs attacked Pakistan’s basis and beliefs,” she mentioned.
“Imran Khan and Pakistan cannot go collectively,” she was quoted as saying by the Daybreak newspaper.
Her resignation got here after different high PTI leaders – together with the social gathering’s secretary basic Asad Umar, former data minister Fawad Chaudhry and former minister for human rights Shireen Mazari – parted methods with the primary opposition social gathering.
They condemned the actions of Khan’s supporters who attacked and torched delicate defence installations throughout Pakistan on Could 9.
On Could 9, violent protests erupted after paramilitary Rangers arrested Khan from the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC) premises.
His social gathering staff vandalised a dozen army installations, together with the Lahore Corps Commander’s Home, the Mianwali airbase and the ISI constructing in Faisalabad in response to Khan’s arrest.
The mob additionally stormed the Military headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi for the primary time.
Police put the demise toll in violent clashes to 10 whereas Khan’s social gathering claims 40 of its staff misplaced their lives within the firing by safety personnel.
Hundreds of Khan’s supporters had been arrested following the violence that the highly effective Military described as a “darkish day” within the historical past of the nation.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif mentioned on Sunday that these concerned in assaults on army installations could be tried within the army courts whereas these charged with assaults on civilian targets could be prosecuted underneath civilian legal guidelines.
Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja Asif mentioned on Wednesday the federal government was mulling a potential ban on Khan’s PTI social gathering following the assaults by his supporters on army installations after the previous prime minister’s arrest.
Khan was ousted from energy in April final 12 months after dropping a no-confidence vote in his management, which he alleged was a part of a US-led conspiracy focusing on him due to his unbiased international coverage choices on Russia, China and Afghanistan.

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