Former Prime Minister of Pakistan and President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Friday called for immediate talks with state officials. This comes as pressure mounts on him amid a crackdown on his top aides and supporters that has resulted in thousands of arrests as well as many others, the Pakistan-based The Express Tribune reports. left his party.
The crackdown began earlier this month when Imran’s supporters joined in violent protests following his arrest on May 9.
“I want to call for talks because what’s happening is not a solution,” Imran said in a live talk broadcast live on YouTube, warning that the country was headed for anarchy. , according to The Express Tribune.
Political unrest worsened as Pakistan faced its worst economic crisis in decades. Inflation is at record highs, economic growth is weak and there are concerns that the country could default on foreign debt unless the International Monetary Fund unlocks delayed disbursements.
Meanwhile, three Pakistani leaders Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday announced their resignation from the party led by Imran Khan. With this, a huge list of leaders left the party after the May 9 riots, Geo News reported.
Maleeka Bokhari at a press conference in Islamabad, said: “I condemn the events that happened on May 9. For every Pakistani, the events of May 9 are very painful. “
Announcing her “separation” from the party, Bokhari said she was not forced and “no one forced me to make this decision”.
Cheema, in a separate press conference, said he and his wife were unable to continue with the Khan-led party due to the violence that followed the arrest of the head of the PTI.
“I myself was at the Corps Commander’s House. I was sad to see what was happening there. The people involved must be punished,” he said.
He said it was the failure of the party if its workers were violent.
Former Pakistani Finance Minister Asad Umar also resigned as Secretary General of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Umar’s announcement came shortly after he was released from Adiala Prison, Pakistan-based newspaper The Express Tribune reported.
Umar announced his decision during a press conference at the National Press Club in Islamabad on Wednesday.
“I cannot lead the party in this situation. I resign as secretary general and core committee member of PTI,” he told a news conference.
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