Maleeka Bokhari declares, “I cannot stand what occurred on May 9,” and Senator Abdul Qadir separates himself from PTI.
Maleeka Bokhari, the head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and a former MP, announced her resignation from the party on Thursday. She is the newest member of the former ruling party to leave after the violent May 9 riots put it in the spotlight.
The decision was made public by Bokhari at a press conference held at the National Press Club in Islamabad shortly after she was let go from the Adiala Jail.
Everyone might have different motives for quitting the party. I am leaving PTI because I can’t support what happened [on May 9] as a nationalist, she declared.
Bokhari claimed that she decided after consulting with her family.
I’ve made the decision to concentrate on my efforts in my career as a lawyer,” she stated.
She claimed that the awful events of May 9 had impacted her deeply. “We will find out who was responsible for the events on May 9. However, a line was unquestionably crossed.
Bokhari announced her resignation from PTI shortly after being let out of Central Jail Adiala earlier on Thursday, joining a number of other politicians in doing so. Bokhari was reportedly escorted out of Gate 5 of the prison, and sources suggest that the PTI leader left after her release for Islamabad.
After being released from Adiala jail, Bokhari was initially detained again, but the Islamabad High Court later ordered her immediate release.
The event happens in the midst of a wave of PTI leader resignations following the start of violent protests after Imran’s detention earlier this month.
Senator Abdul Qadir, a Balochistan native and independent senator elected in 2021, announced his disassociation from the party earlier on Thursday.
Qadir declared that he will no longer support PTI and will instead serve in the Senate as an independent. He was deeply outraged by the disrespectful conduct and demanded that those responsible be brought to justice right once for the vandalism at the Corps Commander Lahore’s residence and the Memorial of Martyrs.
Numerous members of Imran Khan’s party have already defected, including Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Dr. Shireen Mazari, Fayyazul Hassan Chohan, Malik Amin Aslam, Mahmood Moulvi, Amir Kayani, Jai Prakash, Aftab Siddiqui, and Sanjay Gangwani.
After being released from Adiala Jail the day before, prominent leader Asad Umar declared that he was resigning from all of his party responsibilities. He asserted that he was staying with the PTI, nevertheless.
Senior PTI figures Dr. Yasmin Rashid and Mehmoodur Rasheed, however, have stated that they will continue to support the party’s leader, Imran Khan, in spite of the current situation, reaffirming their decision to stick with the PTI.
When a reporter questioned Dr. Yasmin Rashid about leaving PTI earlier on Thursday outside an anti-terrorism court, she firmly replied, “No! I’m staying at PTI.
Mehmoodur Rasheed additionally endorsed the ousted prime minister. “Despite all obstacles, we firmly support Imran Khan. The idea of quitting Imran Khan and the PTI is unthinkable,” he declared following his court appearance.
The exodus from the PTI has raised questions about the future of the party and its ability to maintain its position as a dominant political force in Pakistan. The PTI, which was founded in 1996 by former cricketer Imran Khan, has long been seen as a party of change, offering a fresh alternative to the country’s traditional political elites. However, the party has faced criticism in recent years over its handling of a range of issues, including corruption, nepotism, and human rights abuses.
The departure of Bokhari
The departure of Bokhari, a well-respected and high-profile member of the PTI, is a significant blow to the party. Bokhari was considered a rising star within the PTI and was seen as a potential future leader of the party. Her departure has raised concerns about the PTI’s ability to retain its most talented and committed members and has fueled speculation about the party’s future direction.
There are a number of factors that may be contributing to the exodus from the PTI. One of the key issues is the party’s handling of the economy. Under the PTI’s leadership, Pakistan’s economy has struggled, with high inflation, low growth, and rising unemployment. The government’s austerity measures have also been criticized for disproportionately affecting the poor and vulnerable.
Another factor is the government’s record on civil liberties and human rights. The PTI has been accused of cracking down on dissent and limiting freedom of expression. In particular, the government’s treatment of the media and civil society has been a major source of concern for many activists and human rights campaigners.
Finally, there are concerns about the party’s internal dynamics and leadership. Critics have accused the PTI of being excessively centralized, with decision-making concentrated in the hands of a small group of individuals. There have also been allegations of nepotism and favoritism within the party, with some members feeling that they are not being given a fair chance to advance their careers or contribute to the party’s agenda.
Despite these challenges, the PTI remains a major political force in Pakistan, with a significant base of support among young people and urban voters. The party’s anti-corruption platform and commitment to reform continue to resonate with many Pakistanis who are disillusioned with the country’s traditional political elites.
However, in order to maintain its position as a dominant political force, the PTI will need to address some of the key challenges that have prompted the recent exodus from the party. This may involve a greater focus on economic reform and job creation, as well as a renewed commitment to civil liberties and human rights. The party may also need to take steps to address concerns about internal dynamics and leadership, including greater transparency and accountability in decision-making processes.
Ultimately, the future of the PTI and the political landscape in Pakistan will depend on a wide range of factors, including economic conditions, social and cultural trends, and the actions of other political parties and stakeholders. However, by addressing some of the key challenges that have prompted recent defections from the party, the PTI may be able to strengthen its position and continue to play a prominent role in shaping the country’s future.