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Thursday June 20, 2024

Imran ‘removes’ Marwat from top PTI body, issues him notice

Marwat tried to spoil Imran Khan’s personal relations with Saudi Arabia, says Omar Ayub

By Mumtaz Alvi
May 10, 2024
Sher Afzal Khan Marwat holds a cricket bat while speaking to supporters at a PTI rally in Karachi on January 14, 2024. — Reuters
Sher Afzal Khan Marwat holds a cricket bat while speaking to supporters at a PTI rally in Karachi on January 14, 2024. — Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder chairman Imran Khan has removed senior party leader Sher Afzal Marwat from the PTI’s core committee and political committee and ordered to issue him a show-cause notice for harming the party.

Secretary-General of the party Omar Ayub announced this during his media talk in Rawalpindi after a meeting with Imran Khan in Adiala jail on Thursday. He was flanked by senior party leader Dr Arif Alvi, Information Secretary Raoof Hasan and others.

Omar Ayub said that Imran Khan, taking strict notice of Marwat’s statements, noted that Marwat, despite several reminders, had violated party discipline and issued misleading statements, hurting his interests and those of the party. More importantly, he immensely damaged PTI’s relations with the Saudi government and his excellent ties with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Omar Ayub said Imran Khan had recalled that during his government, two OIC conferences were organised in Pakistan and, in this connection, MBS had played a key role.

The PTI secretary-general said the founder chairman, whom he repeatedly called prime minister Imran Khan, had also directed that the party’s political committee would decide what disciplinary action should be taken against Marwat, who was given massive respect by him for his good work.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan has given an extremely important responsibility to President Dr Arif Alvi and asked him to make ex-PM AJK Abdul Qayyum Niazi a member of the political committee,” Omar Ayub said.

He pointed out that Imran Khan had also called May 9 a part of a well-thought-out conspiracy under the London Plan, just like the one that happened on March 11, 1971 when General Yahya Khan met Mujibur Rehman and fixed a date for the session of the National Assembly.

But, he continued, the very next day, a military operation was launched in East Pakistan, and this decision was taken by an individual, General Yahya, which led to the separation of East Pakistan on December 16, 1971 and that day could be called a black day.

Speaking on the occasion, Raoof Hasan said that Imran Khan had also directed filing of three petitions in the Supreme Court of Pakistan for the production of CCTV footages of what is claimed to be attacks on military installations on May 9, summoning ex-caretaker PM Anwaarul Haq Kakar to explain his statement on Form 47, which he uttered during an altercation with PMLN’s Hanif Abbasi recently.

“If I spoke about Form 47, you would not be able to find a place to hide your face,” he quoted Kakar as telling Abbasi when he talked about the wheat imports by the interim government.

One petition, Raoof said, would be filed to seek an explanation from the departments concerned about the shooting 16 PTI workers to death from close range.

He said Imran Khan had noted that the party should also file a petition for the production of CCTV footage of assassination attempt on him at the Judicial Complex.

“We will also request the apex court for the recovery and production of ex-commissioner of Rawalpindi, who had exposed how 17 seats were snatched through electoral fraud and then these puppet rulers were imposed on the nation,” he said.

Earlier, Omar Ayub condemned what he called the fascist Punjab regime’s actions against the PTI and lawyers through the mercenary provincial police.

He alleged that Asif Ali Zardari had taken three vehicles from Toshakhana in violation of the law, whereas Nawaz Sharif had taken two vehicles illegally and that Maryam Nawaz had not declared the vehicle taken from Toshakhana.