The aftermath of PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s arrest on May 9 in the Al-Qadir Trust case and the subsequent violent protests across Pakistan has led to a wave of resignations among PTI leaders. The protests, which saw supporters and workers storming and setting fire to state installations, triggered a nationwide crisis. The government responded by suspending internet services and deploying army troops to restore law and order. This article provides a breakdown of the PTI leaders who have parted ways with the party in various provinces since May 9.
Resignations by Province
Raja Khurram Nawaz
Former PTI MNA Raja Khurram Nawaz, has announced on Saturday that he is leaving the PTI following the events of May 9.
Fawad Chaudhry (Senior Vice President)
In another major blow to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), senior politician and former federal minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Wednesday parted ways with the former ruling party and its chairman Imran Khan.
Shireen Mazari (Senior Vice President)
Former human rights minister and PTI stalwart Shireen Mazari on Tuesday quit the party and announced her retirement from “active politics” citing personal reasons.
Fayazul Hassan Chohan (Former Provincial Minister)
Former Punjab minister Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan quit the party over May 9 violence and “lack of sympathy” from party chairman Imran Khan
Abdul Razaq Khan Niazi (Ex-MPA)
PTI MPA Abdul Razzaq Khan Niazi has announced that he is quitting the party, saying that his decision was not taken under “any kind of pressure”.
Makhdoom Iftikharul Hassan Gillani (Ex-MPA)
Former MPA Makhdoom Iftikharul Hassan Gillani has announced his formal departure from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday.
Mian Jaleel Ahmed Sharaqpuri (Ex-MPA)
Mian Jaleel Ahmed Sharaqpuri and Makhdoom Ifthikhar Gillani on Tuesday announced to leave the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) over May 9 violent events.
Khawaja Qutab Fareed Koreja (Ex-MNA)
Former MNA Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja alias Qutub Farid Koreja quit PTI on Tuesday, as members of the former ruling party continue to jump ship in wake of the May 9 mayhem following the arrest of party chairman Imran Khan.
Aamer Mahmood Kiani (Founding member)
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) faced a setback on Wednesday when its senior leader and former federal minister Aamer Mehmood Kiani announced quitting the party as well as politics.
Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain
Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain on Monday announced his departure from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and reached out to his brother Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid) chief, to unite the country through politics.
Malik Amin Aslam (Former Federal Minister)
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Malik Amin Aslam announced on Thursday that he will be leaving the Imran Khan-led party as it has been overtaken by an “agenda” which got exposed during May 9 protests.
Faizullah Kamoka (PTI West Punjab President)
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) West Punjab President Faizullah Kamoka has strongly condemned the May 9 incidents and announced to leave the political party, on Monday.
Dr Muhammad Amjad (Former PTI Central Deputy Secretary General for Islamabad)
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Dr Muhammad Amjad quit the party and politics over May 9 violence.
Malik Asif Awan (Additional Secretary General South Punjab)
PTI leader Asif Awan from PP-214 announced his resignation from party positions.
Syed Saeedul Hassan (Ex-MPA)
Former Punjab minister for religious affairs Pir Syed Saeedul Hassan Shah on Monday announced his decision to part ways with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Saleem Akhtar Labar (Ex-MPA)
Former PTI MPA Muhammad Saleem Akhtar Labar announced in a press conference in Multan that he would be leaving PTI as politics in the country had changed over time and he had “no part” left to play.
Chaudhry Hussain Elahi (MNA)
Withdrawing his support for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Parvez Elahi, Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain — younger brother of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain — on Monday hoped that his elder brother would welcome the returnees.
Chaudhry Ehsanul Haq (Ticket holder PP-247)
PTI ticket holder and ex-parliamentarian, Chaudhary Ehsanul Haque announced that he was parting ways with PTI Chairman Imran Khan and the party during a press conference at the Bahawalpur Press Club on Thursday.
Dr Mohammad Afzal (Ticket holder PP-248)
PTI ticket holder Dr Mohammad Afzal announced that he was parting ways with PTI Chairman Imran Khan and the party.
Chaudhary Jehanzeb Rasheed (Ticket holder PP-257)
PTI ticket holder Chaudhary Jehanzeb Rasheed announced that he was parting ways with PTI Chairman Imran Khan and the party.
In a big setback for PTI, South Punjab’s leaders quit the party accusing Imran Khan of attacks on military installations; says more will leave and the nation stands with the Pakistan Army. Following is the list of MPA’s from South Punjab:
- Zaheeruddin Khan Alizai (Ex-MPA)
- Aun Dogar (Ex-MPA)
- Abdul Hai Dasti (Ex-MPA)
- Malik Mujtaba Niaz Gishkori (Ex-MPA)
- Alamdar Husain Qureshi (Ex-MPA)
- Sajjad Hussain Cheena (Ex-MPA)
- Sardar Qaisar Abbas Khan Magsi (Ex-MPA)
- Ashraf Rind (Ex-MPA)
Javed Ansari (Ex-MPA)
Former PTI Punjab Assembly member, Javed Akhtar Ansari, has announced parting ways with the PTI.
Maleeka Ali Bokhari (Ex-MNA)
Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Member National Assembly (MNA) Barrister Maleeka Bokhari on Thursday announced her disassociation with the party following the May 9 violence.
- Muhammad Saleem Baryar
- Ansir Iqbal Baryar (Ex-MPA)
- Khalid Aziz Lone (President PTI Gujranwala)
- Mian Mumtaz Ahmad Maharwi (Ex-MPA)
- Asif Manzoor
- Ahsan Saleem Baryar (Ex-MPA)
Jamshed Iqbal Cheema & Musarrat Jamshed Cheema (Ex-MPA)
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) suffered fresh blows as Jamshed Cheem and his wife Musarrat Cheema have parted ways with embattled Imran Khan
Ayaz Khan Niazi (Ex-MPA)
Malik Akram Kanhon (Ex-MPA)
Murad Raas (Ex-MPA)
Murad Raas, former Punjab education minister and a provincial leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Friday announced that he was quitting the Imran Khan-led party due to the May 9 mayhem.
- Pir Ahmad Khagga (Ex-MPA)
- Raja Yawar Kamal (Ex-MPA)
- Chaudhry Muhammad Adnan (Ex-MPA)
Abrar-ul-Haq & Saifullah Niazi (Senator leader)
Expressing their regret over the May 9 mayhem, two more Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders — singer-turned-politician Abrar Ul Haq and Senator Saifullah Nyazee — on Friday announced quitting the party.
- Khurram Shahzad (Ex-MNA)
- Mian Ahsan Ansar Bhatti
- Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan
- Ex-MPA Muhammad Waris Aziz
- Ex-MNA Khusro Bakhtiar
- Ex-MPA Ahmad Shah Khagga
- Ex-MPA Hashim Dogar
- Ex-MPA Malik Khurram Ali Khan
- Former provincial minister Dr Hisham Inamullah Malik
- Ex-KP government spokesperson Ajmal Wazir
- Former advisor to chief minister Malik Qasim Khan Khattak
- MNA Usman Tarakai
- MNA Malik Jawad Hussain
- Ex-KP minister Muhammad Iqbal Wazir
- Ex-MPA Nadia Sher
- District leader Malik Qayyum Hissam
- Ex-MPA Nadia Sher Ali
- Ex-MPA Haider Ali Khan
- Ex-MNA Jamshed Thomas
- Sindh President Ali Zaidi
- MPA Bilal Ghaffar
- MNA Jay Prakash
- Sindh MPA Omar Omari
- PTI Sindh Vice President Mehmood Moulvi
- PTI Karachi President Aftab Siddiqui
- MPA Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah
- MPA Sanjay Gangwani
- MPA Dr Imran Shah
- District President Khairpur Syed Ghulam Shah
- Ex-MPA Karim Bakhsh Gabol
- MPA Imran Ali Shah
- Ex-MPA Omar Amari
- Ex-MNA Syma Nadeem
- MPA Muhammad Abbas Jafri
- Rabia Azfar Nizami
- Former governor Imran Ismail
- Ex-provincial minister Mubeen Khilji
- Senator Mohammad Abdul Qadir
Overseas office bearers
Makhdoom Syed Tariq Mahmoodul Hassan, former prime minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Development
Note: The list has been compiled on the basis of media reports.