ISLAMABAD: The firebrand Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Sher Afzal Marwat on Thursday accused party secretary general Omar Ayub of conspiring against him to remove him from the party in order to settle the scores with him for defeating his father-in-law with a huge margin of 72,000 votes.

Marwat had defeated Salim Saifullah Khan – who, according to him, happens to be the father-in-law of Omar Ayub, in the February 8 general elections, with a huge margin of 72,000 votes, from NA-41 Lakki Marwat.

Earlier, Ayub told reporters that Marwat is being expelled from the party’s core and political committees on the directives of party founding chairman Imran Khan and disciplinary action would be taken against him for violating party discipline.

In a message on X, following Ayub’s announcement that he would be issued show-cause notice on the directives of Imran Khan, Marwat, took to X, and said: “I’d decided to resign from both political and core committees, but the announcement was made today by using the name of Imran Khan. I’m not going to believe on any statement unless Khan himself conveys the message to me through Barrister Gohar.”

“I’m taking rest and will talk only when Khan sahib will listen to me, and then take a decision. I’ll abide by all the decisions taken by Khan,” he declared.

Earlier in the day, the PTI secretary general said that Imran Khan had directed him to issue a show-cause notice to Marwat as he attempted to spoil his relations with Saudi Arabia.

Ayub, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, said Marwat was warned time and again against violating the party’s policies.

“The PTI founder said Marwat tried to damage his personal relations with Saudi Arabia, as he has excellent ties with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman,” Ayub said.

The political committee has been directed to take disciplinary action against Marwat, said Ayub in today’s media talk.

Ayub said although he is secretary general of the party, the authority to make final decisions rested with the incarcerated leader and added that he was appointed leader of the opposition on Khan’s instructions. He said it is not his authority to decide about the people meeting the PTI founder in jail.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024


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