Another PTI leader has jumped ship following the chaotic protests of May 9th. Former adviser to then-prime minister Imran Khan, Malik Amin Aslam has announced his resignation from the party.
According to the details, Malik Amin Aslam made the announcement at a press conference at the National Press Club. He also expressed regret over the incidents of May 9 when violent protests erupted across Pakistan after Imran Khan’s arrest.
“May 9 incidents left me shocked [as] party workers took the law in their hands,” said Aslam. He added that wherever the rallies were held the target were military installations.
“Party leadership should have conducted an inquiry. Whoever is pushing this agenda forward is not the party’s well-wisher,” said the climate activist.
Malik Amin Aslam said he believes that the party has set out in the “wrong direction” and “some elements and black sheep in the PTI are pushing it into a ditch”.
“That is why I have decided that today I am leaving PTI,” he said.
He expressed with deep sorrow that he could no longer continue supporting the agenda that had taken control of the party and clarified that his departure was not influenced by any “external pressure”.
Malik Amin Aslam left PTI. pic.twitter.com/VjwesoQVC9
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On May 9th, violent protests were triggered in Pakistan after PTI Chairman Imran Khan was sent to jail in the Al-Qadir Trust case. Clashes erupted between protestors and the police authorities which also resulted in attacks on state and military property, for instance, the GHQ.
Since then, some PTI leaders have announced their resignations. A day earlier, leaders Aamer Mehmood Kiani and Sanjay Gangwani quit the party in protest against the attacks on defence and public installations. Before them, PTI Member of National Assembly (MNA) Mahmood Baqi Maulvi also quit the party citing the same reasons.