In a major blow to PTI, the party’s Punjab Assembly lawmaker from Muzaffargarh Khurram Sohail Khan Laghari has announced that he will be leaving the party led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
According to the details, PTI MPA Laghari said in a statement said that he has decided to leave PTI and also claimed that five to six PTI MPAs are also leaving the party along with him. Abdul Hayi Dasti and Alamdar Qureshi have also allegedly decided to leave the party.
While talking to the media, Khurram Laghari said they were shown “something else” but “something else” was seen practically. He also expressed his concerns regarding the Punjab Assembly cabinet, saying that they should know the criteria for appointing a minister.
Pertinent to mention that Khurram Sohail Laghari remained part of the Jahangir Tareen group and this is the third time that he is leaving the party.
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Khurram Sohail was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Punjab as an independent candidate from Constituency PP-275 (Muzaffargarh-VIII) in the 2018 Pakistani general election. Later, he joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). On 11 September 2018, he was inducted into the provincial Punjab cabinet of the then Punjab CM Usman Buzdar and was appointed as special assistant to him.
MPAs reject leaving Imran Khan
Interestingly, MPA Sardar Abdul Hayi Dasti – whom Khurram Laghari claimed as one of the MPAs leaving PTI – released a video statement where he rejected the notion of MPAs from Muzaffargarh parting ways with PTI.
He reiterated his support for PTI and said that he will always stand by Imran Khan. He also said that he, along with 400 of his supporters, will actively take part in the long march as it is a struggle for real freedom.
خرم لغاری کے مظفر گرڑھ کے 5 ایم پی ایز کے ہمراہ پارٹی چھوڑنے کے اعلان کی ایم پی اے سردار عبد الحئی دستی نے سختی سے تردید کردی
وہ #حقیقی_آزادی_مارچ کی تیاریوں میں مصروف ہیں pic.twitter.com/NQJNIWOEyd
— Azhar Mashwani (@MashwaniAzhar) October 28, 2022
Similarly, another PTI MPA from Muzaffargarh, Mian Alamdar Abbas Qureshi, also released a video statement where he called the claims by Khurram Laghari baseless. He said the claims are his own opinion and he will always support PTI.
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پاکستان تحریکء انصاف کے ایم پی اے ۔پی پی 273 میاں علمدار عباس قریشی نے پارٹی چھوڑنے یا استعفی دینے کی ایم پی اے خرم لغاری کی باتوں کو بے بنیاد اور انکا زاتی فیصلہ قرار دےدیا ۔میاں علمدار قریشی نے ان سب افواہوں کو پروپنگنڈہ قرار دیتے ہوۓ کہا ۔میں پی ٹی آئی کے ساتھ کھڑے ہیں pic.twitter.com/AJY4bflJ5S
— Qaswar (@qaswarkhore) October 28, 2022