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Asad Umar distances himself from Fawad Chaudhry

On Wednesday, Fawad Chaudhry conducted an press conference which was unexpected as he had earlier stated that he wanted to take a break from politics for some time.

Former Secretary General of PTI Asad Umar has distanced himself from ex-PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry who recently did an unexpected press conference days after resigning from PTI.

In a short interaction with reporters, referring to a recent press conference by ex-PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry, Asad Umar clarified he was “not active in what Fawad is doing”.

Asad Umar made the statements at the Lahore anti-terrorism court ATC where he appeared for the extension of his bail. The ATC has extended PTI leader Asad Umar’s interim bail till June 13 in a case pertaining to vandalism at Lahore’s Askari Tower.

Pertinent to mention that following the May 9 attacks on state and military installations, scores of PTI leaders announced their resignation while condemning the incident. Asad Umar himself announced to resign from the core committee and as secretary general in a presser in which he lamented the deepening political crisis.

Prior to Asad Umar’s announcement, Fawad Chaudhry resigned from the party and distanced himself from Imran Khan, and his aides. His decision shocked many as he was said to be the close aide of the former premier.

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However, on Wednesday, Fawad Chaudhry conducted an unexpected press conference along with two other deserters of PTI including, Imran Ismail and Mahmood Moulvi. Many eyebrows were raised within the PTI following his unexpected move as he had earlier stated that he wanted to take a break from politics for some time after leaving PTI hardly six days back.

During the press conference, Fawad Chaudhry revealed that they met Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Adiala jail. Fawad said that besides meeting Qureshi, he also spoke to Pervez Khattak, Asad Qaiser, Asad Umar, Farrukh Habib, Ali Zaidi, Hammad Azhar, and others.

He made these remarks amid rumors about the launch of a new political party in the country, mostly comprising defectors from PTI. PTI defectors from South Punjab have already joined PPP, meanwhile, some twenty former PTI members have held meetings with Jahangir Tareen who may also launch a new political party.

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