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The Way PTI Workers and Supporters Reacted to Aamir Liaqat’s Inductions: Resignations and Resentments

By Maryam Iraj

Two days ago, Imran Khan welcomed former MQM MNA and a highly controversial television personality,  Aamir Liaquat, to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).  Liaqat has been subject to many controversies and was at the heart of many scandals. From his fake academic degree to being caught in hullabaloos with various news channels and political personalities, he ensured to threaten everybody on screen he had problems with.

Here is the video of Aamir Liaqat days before joining PTI in which he clearly tells PTI leadership the narrative of “apnay log”  and elaborates on their ignorance of Karachi culture.  He moves on to explain to Imran Khan, PTI Chief, that he got married during the “Iddat” period and claimed that Khan was attempting to make a new Pakistan with a new Islam.

Here is the video:

PTI being the second largest political party in Pakistan seemingly has taken a tough decision for a political objective. However, the absurdity of this induction has given birth to many questions and nobody can deny or write it off once something is on social media as the above video expresses.

Liaqat released this message after quitting BOL in which he claimed that whatever he said against MQM or any other party was scripted. The views were not his own.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4gGdI94zrI

Salman Ahmad, lead guitarist of Junon group and a long-time friend of Khan and a staunch supporter and friend of PTI, left the party after Liaqat joined.

An old picture of PTI Chief and Dr Salman Ahmad, long before PTI was formed.

Social media is filled with trends like #AamirNahiChalayGa and #SayNoToAmirLiaquat.

Here is the tweet of Salman Ahmad:

In another tweet, he expressed his opinion about Liaqat’s view:

Beena Sarwar, an international journalist and writer, expressed her discontent in the following words:

Fauzia Kasuri, an activist and a dedicated PTI worker, expressed the following views on Twitter:

Fauzia Kasuri is somebody who has been with Khan for the past 25 years. But this time, PTI Chief, made many of his long-time friends seemingly hurt with his political choice.

This picture was taken in 1993 when I accompanied Imran Khan to Bahrain & we visited Mrs Fauzia Kasuri house for lunch. That afternoon she raised $65,000 for SKMH. Since then over 25 years she stood 100% loyally behind Imran khan & raised millions of dollars for SKMH & PTI.

May be Khan is adapting his political policy to the belligerency of Pakistani diplomacy in which popular vote is the right vote, thus annoying many of his friends.

She tweeted:

Sahibzada Jahangir , Senior Advisor to Chairman, Imran Khan, on foreign trade, investment & development from Europe in KPK. Head of PTI UK & Europe, expressed the following views in a tweet:

A famous journalist and a writer of international repute, Mehr Tarar, tweeted the following:

A lawyer and blogger, Iman Zainab, tweeted the following:

Another supporter and voter of PTI and a fan of Khan, Adil Ansari, tweeted the following as his endnote:

Another PTI supporter, Habbibullah, made this interesting tweet:

Sajila Andaleeb, a worker of PTI, tweeted the following:

Professor Yasen left the party with the following tweet:

Faisal tweeted the following:

Here is the press-conference of Khan with Liaqat and veteran actor, Abid Ali, to announce the induction. Khan appears to be proud of his choice. In the following video, at 8:25, Liaqat confesses to the media present at the conference that PTI is his last resort and, being a human being, he undergoes an evolutionary process. But important to note here that he goes through this “evolutionary process of changing opinions” quite often and washes his dirty laundry in public the moment he falls out with his friends:

This article is not argumentative, it is revelatory of the changes inside, outside and around PTI. Might be good in the long run for the sake of elections or might be considered a dark day in the history of PTI but, for sure, it did not go pretty well with PML-N.

Ahsan Iqbal’s tweet explains this:

Khan earned Aamir Liaqat’s induction at the cost of  his long-term tried and tested friends. I just wish his sacrifices pay-off in Naya Pakistan, and just hope this change is “for good”.

 

 

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