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PTI Core Committee Shuts Out Deserters After Fawad’s Outburst

PTI Core Committee

After Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) defector Fawad Chaudhry expressed his desire to rejoin the party, the PTI core committee decided to close the door on politicians who left during difficult times.

PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan chaired the committee session on Monday and rejected the idea of a “forward bloc,” emphasizing that while disciplinary issues exist in all political parties, there are no factions within PTI.

Gohar suggested to Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Omar Ayub Khan to retract his resignation as the party’s secretary general, a sentiment echoed by all core committee members.

Gohar mentioned that the committee would request incarcerated party founder Imran Khan to consider their recommendations.

A senior PTI leader also dismissed reports of internal grouping but acknowledged that a few individuals were causing issues.

The committee discussed “disciplinary actions” against some leaders and announced a commitment to maintaining party discipline without compromise.

Three resolutions were unanimously approved by the committee: one requesting Ayub to remain in his post, another reinforcing party discipline and threatening violators with suspension, and a third condemning deserters who sought to rejoin.

The committee condemned those who left during tough times, asserting they have no moral right to comment on party matters.

Fawad Chaudhry, a former federal minister, criticized PTI leaders for their lack of political strategy, which he blamed for the continued imprisonment of Imran Khan and other leaders.

Fawad had announced a break from politics on May 24 last year after the May 9 mayhem, when PTI supporters allegedly attacked public and military installations following Imran Khan’s arrest.

Disgruntled PTI leaders, including Fawad, had formed a separate party, Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP), led by Jahangir Tareen. Despite his participation, Fawad denied quitting PTI after being released from jail in April following bail from the Islamabad High Court.

The PTI leadership reiterated that defectors would not be accepted back into the party. The party founder would decide on the fate of those who regretted quitting. Sources told that the former prime minister had blocked the return of deserters until his release from prison.

After the violent protests of May 9, 2023, many PTI leaders quit amid a crackdown on incendiary speeches and attacks on state installations.

With the February 8 elections approaching, some deserters expressed a desire to rejoin PTI, but the leadership firmly denied any return. A seven-member committee, formed by order of the former prime minister, will decide the fate of these leaders.

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