In a surprising turn of events, several prominent members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party have recently announced their departure, raising questions about the underlying reasons behind the exodus. Speculation is rife, with some attributing the resignations to a software update implemented by the party.
Following Imran Khan’s historic victory in the 2018 elections after years of relentless struggle, PTI faced challenges in forming a government due to a lack of a numerical majority. To secure the necessary support, the party resorted to welcoming defectors from other political groups. Jahanzeb Tarin, a long-time friend of Imran Khan, played a pivotal role in this process, boasting about adding another notable figure to their ranks.
However, after the recent May 9 incident, PTI finds itself at a critical juncture, with several party leaders choosing to part ways. This raises the question: Is the software update the primary reason behind these significant departures, or is there more to it?
It is true that even the worst form of democracy is superior to autocracy. However, the notion of democracy in Pakistan seems to have a distinct interpretation. Here, poaching members from rival parties is considered knocking down their wickets, and those who abandon their party are accused of selling their conscience.
Even before the recent departures, power in Pakistan revolved around a few specific individuals. Despite years of efforts by Imran Khan to bring different political factions together, his inclusion of figures like Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry, and Firdous Ashiq Awan came after numerous failed attempts.
The aftermath of the May 9 incident saw a chain of arrests targeting PTI workers and leaders involved in attacks on national and military properties. Surprisingly, the first to jump ship was Mahmood Moulvi, a member of the National Assembly and a central figure in PTI Sindh, who dealt a blow to PTI’s financial stronghold.
Mahmood Moulvi’s departure was followed by the prominent exit of Dr. Shirin Mazari, causing a significant jolt to Imran Khan’s PTI. Bilal Ghaffar, former president of PTI Karachi, and Faisal Chohan also bid farewell to the party.
Rumors are circulating on social media that the recent surge in departures is a result of a forceful removal from the party through a software update. If we recall, in the past few days, videos of Imaan Mazari, daughter of Shirin Mazari, criticizing Imran Khan and accusing him of only caring about Bushra Bibi have gone viral. She claims that Imran Khan doesn’t care about others.
Imaan Mazari’s distress ran deep as, being a lawyer, she repeatedly sought bail for her mother. The anguish faced by the family and Imran Khan’s indifference eventually compelled Shirin Mazari to leave the party.
Similarly, Faisal Hussain Chohan also voiced his grievances, accusing Imran Khan of forgetting about his loyal party workers. While it is true that Imran Khan continuously targeted the PML-N and MQM as dacoits and terrorists. His biggest mistake was neglecting his own loyalists.
At present, many former PTI members are disheartened by Imran Khan’s leadership style. Therefore, instead of solely attributing the departures to a software update or blaming institutions, it is crucial to address the shortcomings within the party. If this trend continues, there might not be