PTI revokes basic membership of party defectors

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All PTI officials and office holders who left the party in the last few days had their basic memberships revoked, according to PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

Asad Umar, senior vice president Fawad Chaudhry, former federal ministers Shireen Mazari and Aamer Mehmood Kiani, and former PM Malik Amin Aslam advisor were among the most noteworthy PTI figures to leave the party in the wake of the May 9 incident.

Additionally, Mr. Khan commanded the expulsion of defections from the party’s central committee. They will be removed from PTI’s WhatsApp groups, and the references to the defectors will be changed on the social media profiles.

The announcement was made to commemorate a year after PTI supporters and police battled on the protracted march into Islamabad.

He stated that the May 25, 2022 events “started our descent into fascism.”

Mr. Khan noted that the PDM parties, who were in the opposition at the time, organised three lengthy marches during his tenure in office that “were allowed without any” restrictions from his administration.

As he recounted the crackdown on his party’s leadership prior to the march, Mr. Khan stated, “[but] we faced the full force of state terror.”

“Houses were broken into in the middle of the night, and PTI officials and employees were abducted. Then, whomever made it to Islamabad would encounter police violence, tear gas and rubber bullets, he claimed in a tweet.

The PTI Chairman said that the events of the previous year were “just the beginning” and that the current situation involves “the only federal party facing the full fury of state power without any accountability.”

“Over 10,000 PTI employees and supporters are imprisoned, including senior leadership, and some are subject to torture in detention.”

He stated once more that the “entire PTI leadership” had denounced the violence on May 9 but claimed that the state was using arson as a cover to dissolve his party.

“Those in PDM and the journalist community who support this yazeediyat should understand that this does not undermine PTI; rather, it upholds our democracy, or freedom.”