November 10, 2023
ISLAMABAD – Farrukh Habib and Sadaqat Abbasi’s recent departures follow other adieus from notable figures like Fawad Chaudhry, Shireen Mazari, and Ali Zaidi.
In the wake of the May 9 riots, which erupted following the arrest of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and saw military installations vandalised, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has faced an exodus of prominent figures. Many have defected to other parties, formed breakaway factions, or even abandoned politics altogether.
Six months into the crackdown on PTI, Dawn.com has compiled a list of the prominent leaders who have parted ways with the party following the events of May 9.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list and there are likely a number of politicians that we’ve missed.
It is worth noting that former planning minister Asad Umar had resigned from his party positions without explicitly announcing his departure from the party.
Soon after May 9, Fawad Chaudhry had said at the time that he was “taking a break from politics”. He was, however, seen at the launch ceremony of the Jahangir Khan Tareen-led Istehkam-i-Pakistan Party (IPP) in June.
Since then Fawad has kept quiet on whether he is officially a part of the IPP.