RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Secretary Information Punjab, Mussarat Cheema, and her husband, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, have resigned from the party and decided to retire from politics.
During a joint press conference held at the national press club in Rawalpindi, Mussarat Cheema and Jamshed Cheema strongly condemned the violent incidents that occurred on May 9, including the attacks on military installations such as the Corps Commander House in Lahore.
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Jamshed Cheema expressed surprise at the sight of people entering Jinnah House, as they had no intentions of attacking any military or public buildings. He attributed the May 9 violence to Imran Khan’s narrative, stating that the senior leadership, including themselves, failed to deter Imran Khan from propagating this narrative.
Prior to their resignation, Barrister Maleeka Bokhari, a central leader and the party’s spokesperson on legal issues, also announced her departure from PTI, condemning the May 9 incidents.
Following the May 9 violence, which involved attacks on military installations such as the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi and Corps Commander House in Lahore after Imran Khan’s arrest, several PTI lawmakers and members have decided to part ways with the party.
The PTI has suffered significant setbacks as prominent leaders, including Fawad Chaudhary, Shireen Mazari, Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan, and others, have resigned due to the May 9 violence.
Violent Clashes on 9 May
The events on May 9 sparked violent clashes throughout Pakistan after the arrest of former prime minister and PTI chief, Imran Khan, at the Islamabad High Court. Protests took place in various cities, with party workers expressing agitation over their chairman’s arrest. Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad called upon the armed forces to ensure law and order. The protests escalated, resulting in attacks on army installations and the Corps Commander’s house in Lahore by PTI workers.
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