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Will never go against army – Mahmood Moulvi quits PTI

Mahmood Moulvi has become the first PTI leader to leave the party after PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan's arrest. 

In a major development, PTI MNA from Karachi Mahmood Moulvi on Tuesday announced parting ways with the party.

According to the details, Mahmood Moulvi announced his resignation from PTI while addressing a press conference in Karachi. His decision to leave PTI came amid the violent attacks on military property during protests against Imran Khan’s arrest last week.

“I have never gone against, nor will I ever go against the army,” he said. Mahmood Moulvi further revealed that he might join a charitable organization or form a new political party.

Mahmood Moulvi had previously served as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister in the Maritime Affairs Department during the Imran Khan government and also worked as a Federal Advisor in the Ministry of Maritime Affairs of former Federal Minister Ali Zaidi.

In 2022, PTI’s Moulvi defeated MQM-P Moeed Anwar and retained the NA-245 seat, showing the unofficial results of the by-poll. The seat was left vacant after PTI’s Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain death in June.

Read more: PTI wins NA-245 seat

Protests against army

Interestingly, Mahmood Moulvi has become the first PTI leader to leave the party after PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s arrest.

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.

In response, the military’s top brass deliberated upon the recent law and order situation that a political party’s leadership exploited for political gains and vowed to deal with them in the strongest possible terms, which includes justice through trial under relevant laws of the country, including Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act.

Read more: Trials under Army Act: Netizens react to military’s strong stand against protesters