Justice Wajihuddin’s PTI membership suspended

Ex-judge called for discussing party’s internal issues publicly

Qamar Zaman August 06, 2015
PTI Chief Imran Khan attends a public gathering in Patoki. PHOTO: INP


Hours after issuance of the warning, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday suspended the basic membership of Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed over his insistence to discuss the party’s internal matter publicly and maligning some senior party leaders.

“...the chairman is left with no option but to suspend the basic membership of Justice retried Wajihuddin Ahmed,” said a statement issued by the PTI chief’s spokesperson Dr Shireen Mazari.

Justice Wajihuddin has openly defied the party discipline even after issuance of the chairman’s notification on August 4 which clearly stated that anyone discussing internal party matters publicly will be suspended immediately from the party membership.

However, defying the notification the retired justice also declared that he will continue to air internal party matters in public.

Imran pointed out that he has always had the highest respect for Wajiuddin Ahmed, with whom he held a 3-hour-long meeting last weekend.

According to the communiqué a democratic culture within a political party should not be mistaken for freewheeling anarchy, adding that all parties function within a structured discipline and party forums exist to air grievances and seek redress.

The PTI chief regretted that Justice Wajiuddin’s maligning of senior party leaders on baseless allegations has damaged the party more than the combined forces of the opposition ever could.

He also made it clear that there should be no confusion on the fact that according to the party constitution it is the chairman who is authorised to make the final decision on what is in the best interest and advancement of the party.

Earlier, getting irked by fissures within the party ranks, Imran warned members against disclosing details of internal matters on public forums.

“I am concerned that internal party matters and decisions are being discussed on public platforms,” he said, adding that the PTI is a democratic party and all members have the right to express their opinion within the party.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2015. 


Nadir Sadiq | 6 years ago | Reply Though I am a die hard fan of PTI but I am not without brains so, I agree with all the comments so far. IK needs to be what he use to be not start acting like the Gunja brotheres. He is letting one of the most respected people from his party go, unless he mends his ways PTI will soon be a house of turn coats. IK has one standard for justice across the board for other parties and another for PTI - This is not the PTI I want.
Shuaib | 6 years ago | Reply It's either Ik's way or the highway. A dictator we shall all fear once he clutches the seat of power, Premiership. May Allah save us from his confrontational politics, his inelasticity and uncompromising behaviour. It's dangerous.
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