Imran Khan’s close aide Fawad Chaudhry quits PTI party

ISLAMABAD: In another blow to overthrow Pakistan Prime minister Imran KhanHis close aide and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday resigned from his party, which is under pressure from the government over the May 9 violence.
Chaudhry resigned a day after former human rights minister Shireen Mazari quit Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, 70, and condemned the actions of the former prime minister’s supporters who attacked and burned fire sensitive defense facilities across Pakistan on 9 May.
“My previous statement as I unequivocally condemn the incidents of May 9, I have decided to take a break from politics, therefore, I have resigned from the party and parted ways with Imran Khan,” he said. tweeted.
Chaudhary served as Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Minister of Science and Technology in his government. He is the senior vice president of PTI and the party spokesman.
Mazari, 72, announced her resignation and withdrew from active politics after she was released from custody for the fourth time since May 12 when she was taken from her residence by police. and was sent to prison for his involvement in the violence on May 9.
She served as human rights minister from 2018 to 2022, under Khan’s regime.
On May 9, violent protests broke out after the Paramilitary Rangers arrested Khan from the premises of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
Workers in his party vandalized dozens of military facilities, including Lahore Corps Commander’s House, Mianwali airbase and the ISI building in Faisalabad in response to Khan’s arrest.
Army Headquarters (GHQ) at Rawalpindi was also attacked by the crowd for the first time.
Police put the death toll in violent clashes to 10 while Khan’s party claimed 40 of its workers were killed in a shooting by security staff.
Thousands of Khan’s supporters have been arrested following violence that the Mighty Army describes as a “dark day” in the country’s history.
Several top PTI leaders, including Chaudary and Mazari, were arrested following the unrest.
Prime minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday that those involved in attacks on military facilities would be tried in military courts while those accused of attacking civilian targets would be prosecuted under the law. civil law.
Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said the government was weighing the possibility of banning Mr Khan’s PTI party following attacks by his supporters on military facilities following the arrest of the former prime minister.
Khan was ousted from power last April after losing a vote of no confidence in his leadership, which he accused was part of a US-led plot to on him for his independent foreign policy decisions toward Russia, China, and Afghanistan.


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