PTI Expels Parvez Khattak From Party

PTI Expels Parvez Khattak From Party
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday struck perhaps the worst blow to itself, expelling stalwart leader Parvez Khattak.

In a notice issued by PTI's Secretary General Omar Ayub Khan on Wednesday and published on the party's official social media accounts, the party says that Khattak was issued a show cause notice in late June over his activities.

In that show cause notice, Khattak had been asked to explain his activities where he allegedly made contact with party members and incited them to leave the PTI in favour of his faction.

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In the fresh notification, Omar said that despite the fact that ample time was provided to Khattak to explain his actions, he has failed to provide a satisfactory response to the party on the grave matter.

Subsequently, he said that the party was serving him with a notice to terminate his basic party membership with immediate effect.

With the notice, the PTI now loses a key member in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and could cost the party dearly.

Khattak had helped build PTI's base in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, helming its maiden provincial government.

That tenure helped cement the PTI in the western province with key projects such as the Billion Tree Tsunami plantation drive that turned many brown hills green, apart from the flagship Sehat Card (universal health insurance) and the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

Though Khattak helped the PTI become the first political party to retain its position in the province and guided it to acquire a two-thirds majority, he was asked by PTI Chairman Imran Khan to help him in the centre. Thus Khattak was retained in the National Assembly and given a role in the Federal Cabinet by assigning him the portfolio of the Defence Ministry.

However, after the incidents of May 9, Khattak slowly drifted away from Imran. Unlike many other party leaders who announced to either retire from politics temporarily or jump ship completely after a brief disappearance, Khattak quietly worked on a forward block, contacting several party leaders.