ISLAMABAD: The firebrand Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Sher Afzal Marwat on Wednesday announced not to work with senior party leaders prominently the opposition leaders in Senate and National Assembly Shibli Faraz and Omar Ayub, respectively.

Marwat announced this after blaming Faraz and Ayub for blocking his meeting with incarcerated founding party chairman Imran Khan at Adiala Jail on Wednesday, allegedly to sideline him from the race for Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairmanship.

“I refuse to work with Shibli Faraz and Omar Ayub [...] they didn’t allow me to meet PTI founder Imran Khan [in prison],” a visibly perturbed Marwat told reporters after he was barred by jail administration from meeting Imran Khan.

“I was denied meeting the party founder yesterday as well as today [Wednesday],” he added.

A 23-member political committee of PTI headed by PTI Secretary General and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Omar Ayub had already voted out Marwat, and recommended the name of Sheikh Waqas Akram for the coveted slot of PAC chairman.

The sources said that Ayub and Faraz are going to propose the name of Akram for PAC chairmanship to the Speaker National Assembly by Friday as they have got a go-ahead from Imran Khan.

Lamenting that the PTI founder was misguided on every issue, Marwat, quoting Faraz, said that the party backtracked over his name for the PAC chairman post after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) raised objections to his nomination.

“I have been targeted since February 8 [elections] and I have apprised the party founder about it”, Marwat said while stressing that he has no interest in holding offices.

“I would resign from the National Assembly if the [PTI] founder even hints me so,” he added.

Claiming that he picked up the PTI when it had become a “dead horse”, he lamented that he was de-notified as a member of the political committee despite being appointed to the said body by Imran Khan himself.

“I cannot accept [such] disrespect [...] I am leaving and will only come back to meet the PTI founder when I’m called,” he added.

He also claimed that the party’s social media team was against him.

Stressing the need for protests, Marwat said that the restoration of the mandate and freedom of the PTI founder could not be achieved without demonstrations.

“Let the nation see whether there is a countrywide protest on May 9 tomorrow or not,” he added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024


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