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Turmoil Strikes PTI as Government Revokes Diplomatic Passports of Key Leaders

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In a surprising turn of events, the federal government has decided to revoke the diplomatic passports of ten prominent political leaders associated with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Among those affected by this decision are renowned figures like Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Parvez Khattak, and Sheikh Rasheed, along with six other PTI leaders. This move has come amidst a series of legal challenges, incarcerations, and defamatory campaigns targeting the PTI and its top leadership.

The past week witnessed a significant exodus from the PTI, with key members such as Fawad Chaudhry, Dr. Shireen Mazari, Fayyazul Hassan Chohan, Malik Amin Aslam, Mahmood Moulvi, Amir Kayani, Jai Prakash, Aftab Siddiqui, and Sanjay Gangwani publicly announcing their departure from the party. Notably, individuals like Dr. Mazari and Chaudhry have even declared a complete withdrawal from politics altogether.

Rumors surrounding Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who has been in custody since May 11, have further fueled speculation about his potential departure from the party. The Islamabad High Court recently expressed its concern over Qureshi’s whereabouts, with local police claiming ignorance regarding his location. However, the Attorney General of Pakistan informed the court that Qureshi is currently being held at Adiala Jail.

Adding to the turmoil, former federal minister Asad Umar, who was released from Adiala Jail, promptly resigned from his post as PTI Secretary General on May 24. Umar, however, made it clear that he was not severing ties with the PTI entirely.

In a move that has sent shockwaves through the party, the Directorate of Passport and Immigration has revoked the passports of additional PTI leaders. The list includes Aun Abbasi, Ali Amin Gandapur, Ali Muhammad Khan, Farrukh Habib, Zartaj Gul, and Azam Khan Swati.

This sudden revocation of diplomatic passports and the subsequent departures from the PTI has raised questions about the motives and implications behind the government’s actions. Critics argue that these measures are part of a broader campaign to weaken the PTI and silence dissenting voices within the party.

The political landscape in Pakistan is undergoing a significant transformation, with the PTI grappling with internal divisions and external challenges. The government’s decision to revoke diplomatic passports has undoubtedly exacerbated tensions within the party, leaving its future uncertain.

As the situation continues to unfold, the political arena awaits further developments and potential repercussions stemming from these controversial actions. The fate of the PTI hangs in the balance, while the country watches closely to determine the long-term consequences of these recent events.

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