ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan suspended on Tuesday Justice (retd) Wajiuddin’s basic party membership following his recent outburst against senior party leaders.
“In light of the August 4 notification, the chairman has been left with no choice but to suspend Justice Wajiuddin’s basic Party membership,” a statement issued by PTI chief’s spokesperson Shireen Mazari said.
The statement said Justice (retd) Wajiuddin had openly defied party discipline even after the issuance of a notification on August 4, 2015 warning that anyone discussing internal party matters publicly will be suspended from the party.
IK suspends Justice (retd) Wajiuddin's basic party mbrship http://t.co/w5HHnZJYwB— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 5, 2015
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"Imran made it clear that no democratic party allowed its members to discuss internal party matters in the public domain, especially on the media, and a democratic culture within a party should not be mistaken for freewheeling anarchy," the statement read.
The statement added that the party chairman regretted Justice (retd) Wajiuddin’s maligning of senior party leaders on baseless allegations, which had damaged the party more than the combined forces of the opposition ever could.
Earlier on Monday, Imran rejected claims that there was a ‘mafia’ within the PTI, saying every party had groupings, but what mattered was merit.
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Of late senior PTI leaders, including Hamid Khan and Justice (retd) Wajihuddin, have been criticising the policies of PTI, saying the ‘cronies’ of military dictators had joined the party.
The PTI chairman in April had asked Justice (retd) Wajihuddin to step down on the grounds that he was violating party discipline by holding meetings after dissolution of the tribunal formed to investigate the shortcomings in intra-party elections held in 2013.
Meanwhile, speaking to Express News, the former judge said he did not receive any notice regarding his suspension, and was only working to make PTI a democratic institution.
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