Differences with leadership: PTI loses Shireen Mazari

Published: September 27, 2012
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Resigns after receiving show-cause notice from party for making controversial statements. PHOTO: SANA/FILE

Resigns after receiving show-cause notice from party for making controversial statements. PHOTO: SANA/FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) received a blow on Wednesday when one of its office bearers, Dr Shireen Mazari, resigned following public criticism of the party.

“It is a time of sadness and disappointment for me today,” former central vice president Dr Mazari told The Express Tribune while commenting on her resignation, which she addressed to party chief Imran Khan.

The key reason for her resignation, according to Mazari, was a change in party policy. “…Sadly, the commitment to change, that made us all in PTI develop a comradeship and bond that was unique, is withering away fast in all but name. So, it is with a heavy heart that I leave the PTI knowing that the only change the PTI has brought has been in yourself (Imran) and the nature of the collective leadership.”

It further said that “a shift in moving from directly reaching out to the electorate to using intermediaries – the so-called “electables” – between the people and yourself has gradually turned the PTI into a traditional political party with all the excess baggage that connotes.”

She said that the party had been hijacked by ‘the feudal’, which she mentioned in her official resignation: “The reality is that today the PTI has been effectively taken over by traditional politicians reflecting big money and/or feudal ‘sardars’.  As if that is not disappointing enough, retired civil and military bureaucrats have also found senior niches in the party. Tragically, none of these new entrants can bring about the change which PTI had been promising.”

Dr Mazari also censured party policies, particularly those concerning the economy and energy, saying they reflected a “status quo mindset.”

“A whole critique can be made of the economic policy but the main point is that it has no relief for the common man, including a total absence of any reduction in utility rates,” the letter added.

When contacted, PTI spokesperson Shafqat Mehmood told The Express Tribune, “It would had been better had issues been discussed and resolved in house.”

Mehmood said Dr Mazari had joined party in 2008, but “she did not find that party policies were flawed until Rajunpur rally.”  The rally Mehmood is referring to is one organised by Dr Mazari which Imran was unable to attend.

The PTI spokesperson said that Dr Mazari had violated party discipline and was therefore issued a show cause notice on September 19, where she was asked to explain “unfounded, inaccurate, and false statements in the media against the chairman and the party on September 17,” which was released to the media on Wednesday.

Responding to a question as to whether there was any possibility that the party would make any attempt to win her back, Mehmood said “Dr Mazari was given the opportunity to explain but instead she resigned … and now the time has passed.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 27th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • XYZ
    Sep 27, 2012 - 10:37AM

    Now she would be branded as an opportunist .Eagerly waiting to see the reaction of the PTI net warriors a.k.a trolls .

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Sep 27, 2012 - 11:45AM

    Imran Khan now must has to see the reasons that why PTI’s members are leaving PTI gradually……

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  • Saleem
    Sep 27, 2012 - 12:14PM

    Despite the loss of Dr. Mazari, my support for PTI remains unchanged. It shouldnt have happened but things happen and life goes on.

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  • Sardar Babar Saif
    Sep 27, 2012 - 2:16PM

    This actually shows that PTI is a very democratic party. The reason being anyone can come and go without any offer of tickets or other perks. Those who join, join for a cause and those who leave will be asked to explain their reasons, and then leave.

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  • Uzma Malik
    Sep 27, 2012 - 2:45PM

    @Sardar Babar Saif:
    Good analysis.

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  • Raja Imran Kiyani
    Sep 27, 2012 - 6:34PM

    I will vote Imran Khan wheather any body join or resign from PTI 100% my vote for IK

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  • Raja Imran Kiyani
    Sep 27, 2012 - 6:37PM

    I will vote 100% Imran Khan

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  • Noman
    Sep 27, 2012 - 8:47PM

    PTI is a party of elities and most of the times our mean elite class members behave worst than animals in political fight over very petty interests. This aspect is reflective in the culture and working of PTI. IK is a shrewed fellow and desperate for power to prove his former in-laws that he was the right choice for their daughter. So we should be excited about more surprises and turbulent upheavals forthcoming for PTI lovers. Please do not presume that I am fan of Nawaz or PPP club. I am no one except an ordinary Paki!Recommend

  • Noman
    Sep 27, 2012 - 8:48PM

    PTI is a party of elities and most of the times our mean elite class members behave worst than animals in political fight over very petty interests. This aspect is reflective in the culture and working of PTI. IK is a shrewed fellow and desperate for power to prove his former in-laws that he was the right choice for their daughter. So we should be excited about more surprises and turbulent upheavals forthcoming for PTI lovers. Please do not presume that I am fan of Nawaz or PPP club. I am no one except an ordinary Paki!!!Recommend

  • OK
    Sep 29, 2012 - 1:33AM

    @Noman:
    Are you saying being one of the worlds best cricketers ever wasn’t good enough?

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  • Shahzad khan
    Oct 6, 2012 - 3:10PM

    I will vote for PTI. Imran khan zindabad!

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  • Saleem
    Oct 6, 2012 - 4:00PM

    @Noman: Yeah yeah you are not a fan of PPP or PML-N … I believe you. You seem to be a great story teller.

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