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In major blow, Shireen Mazari, Fayyazul Hassan Chohan quit PTI

  • Both leaders condemn the violence that followed Imran Khan's arrest on May 9
Published May 23, 2023

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was dealt a major blow on Tuesday when two senior party leaders, Shireen Mazari and Fayyazul Hassan Chohan, announced they were leaving the party according to Aaj News.

After her release from prison, Mazari also announced quitting politics, citing health problems and her daughter’s difficulties since her arrest.

During the press conference, she also condemned the violence that followed Imran Khan’s arrest on May 9.

“I condemn the violence on May 9 and 10. I also gave an undertaking to the Islamabad High Court in this regard,” Mazari said.

“I have always condemned the violence on state symbols like GHQ, Parliament, and Supreme Court,” she added.

She mentioned that her husband had passed away five months ago. “When Dr Tabish was alive, I could have many things, as he was also there for the children.”

“My children, mother, and health are now my priority.”

In the past few weeks, Mazari was arrested several times.

She was arrested on May 12 under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (3MPO). She was granted bail on May 14 but was re-arrested as she was leaving the Adiala Jail.

Last Wednesday, she received bail again but was arrested from her residence in Islamabad.

On May 29, PTI leader Farrukh Habib said Mazari was again arrested outside the Adiala Jail by the Punjab police, despite securing bail from the Lahore High Court.

Fayyazul Hassan Chohan says no one in PTI opposed ‘policy of violence’

Meanwhile, talking to reports in the Islamabad press club, Chohan announced his decision, saying that no one else in the party opposed the “policy of violence”.

“There was no one who could make Imran Khan understand that politics should be done with patience and tolerance,” he said.

“From the entire leadership, if anyone tried to stop this, it was Fayyaz Chohan. And this is why I was sidelined in the party for the last year.”

Chohan said he told Imran Khan to stop the politics of confrontation against the state and institutions.

Chohan said that despite the number of sacrifices he had made for the party, the PTI chief did not utter a single word of sympathy for him.

“Someone had told Imran that I support the army a lot.”

Following the events of May 9, Mazari is not the first PTI member to leave the party.

Earlier on Tuesday, PTI’s Mian Jalil Sharaqpuri announced parting ways with the party and blamed former prime minister Imran Khan for the violence that ensued on May 9.

Salman Qureshi, a councilor-elect of the PTI, announced parting ways with his party on Saturday.

Last week, Amir Mehmood Kiyani left the party, saying May 9 violence was a painful event for everyone.

PTI MNA from Karachi, Mohamood Moulvi has also announced to quit the party over May 9 vandalism against military installations. Mahmood, who was PTI’s MNA from Karachi’s NA-25, also announced his resignation from the seat.

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

Speaking to journalists at an anti-terrorism court (ATC) 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 that he was not bothered about the development as PTI’s vote bank was set to increase following recent events.


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Jani Walker May 23, 2023 05:04pm
This is the power of the powers that wield the powers.
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KU May 23, 2023 05:13pm
Fear is the key and always wins over human rights.
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Muhammad Saleh May 23, 2023 05:20pm
The country has become a joke. With a heavy heart the youth is leaving and those who can stop it are laughing at our situation. May Allah do the justice.
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Zeeshan Khalique May 23, 2023 05:23pm
You are winning but Pakistan is losing.
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TimeToMovveOn May 23, 2023 05:30pm
No Democracy No justice No Rule of Law No Economy No HOpe ..............Pakistan.!
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Ayesha May 23, 2023 05:40pm
Same on Pakistan generals... Thats why people dnt want to stay here... No justice for any one ....
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Ayesha May 23, 2023 05:43pm
Shame on Pakistan generals. Thats why people dnt want to stay here its better to live justice in Pakistan.
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Az_Iz May 23, 2023 06:14pm
All those who are quitting PTI should come together and start another party. IK has gone too far, to save himself, just like other politicians. Money may not be the motivation for him to be in politics, but his ego is. He thinks only he should be the PM. He was given a chance. Didn’t do much. Just blamed the previous government for everything. Time for him to move on.
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HashBrown® May 23, 2023 07:27pm
@TimeToMovveOn, Have a quick look online to see where Pakistan stands in the index of journalistic freedoms, and then have a quick look at the global hunger index too. While you're at it, take a look at the wealth inequality index as well...'ll find that however abysmally Pakistan is doing, somewhere below us there's a gutter, and that gutter is called Hindustan.
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KhanRA May 23, 2023 07:43pm
@Az_Iz, everything you date applies even more to the Royal House of Sharif. At least Imran didn’t destroy the economy for rishtedar politics.
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TimeToMovveOn May 23, 2023 07:43pm
@Az_Iz, Fine, but let the people decide. Why should the generals decide. Remember, you want the people of Kashmir to decide, but when it comes to Pakistan, you let the general decide who rules over the people.
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RTD Maj Pasha May 23, 2023 08:08pm
Thank you Asim Munir for restoring faith back in the idea of Pakistan. Some cult leaders think they are bigger than Pakistan and even judiciary has some blind cult followers. Sincerely awaiting cult leader arrest and make him quit politics forever.
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RTD Maj Pasha May 23, 2023 08:10pm
This lady had abused the very institution which gave its heart and soul to Pakistan.
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RTD Maj Pasha May 23, 2023 08:12pm
I salute Asim Munir. People should come out and celebrate as selfish politics is being crushed.
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Rizwan May 23, 2023 08:42pm
Imran Khan as PM will be a bad news for Pakistan. Jese bhi hain corrupt ya kuch aur Pakistan will do fine with PPP or PML N.. PTI must remain weak and Imran Khan out for Pakistan's own good.. I'll vote for corrupt Nawaz family or Bhuttos.
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Love Your Country May 23, 2023 09:53pm
@TimeToMovveOn, all due to the experiment IK was fully participating in that begane well before the 2018 elections spearheaded by Saqib Nisar
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Love Your Country May 23, 2023 10:03pm
Will she still be prosecuted or this will be sufficient to save her skin? The law must take its course.
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Shahid Khan May 23, 2023 10:36pm
What a joke we are enjoying
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Ulgen May 23, 2023 11:41pm
@Az_Iz, So you want people who work for the Army to be politicians? In the end it might become like that. Pakistan will become like Syria and Burma.
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Ulgen May 23, 2023 11:54pm
@RTD Maj Pasha, You must be part of ruling junta
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TimeToMovveOn May 24, 2023 01:13am
@HashBrown®, You are like a broken record that talks about indexes. global hunger index -- yeah you keep repeating it again and again. This is like the metric that put out there 30 percent of children in the USA go hungry every day. Yeah I believe that. There are lies damn lies and statistics. The ultimate test of journalism is the fact that Modi lost two elections in one year in the states that he ruled. Just look at the line of countries lining up to invest in India vs Pakistan. And you will know why your country has become the laughing stock of the world. But if you feel that you live in great place, I am happy for you.
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TimeToMovveOn May 24, 2023 01:17am
@HashBrown®, Looking at the comments in this newspaper, most of your own countrymen, think your country has become a joke. Your indexes are correct, but they are selective quoting. Read Foreign Policy, Diplomat, and other reputable newspapers, rather than selective indexes. You will see which one is the gutter and which one is marching ahead.
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