PTI hints at parting ways with its ‘cousin’, friend

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday gave a clear indication of parting its ways with its ‘cousin’ and friend – Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul Qadri and Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Shaikh Rasheed.

Earlier today, addressing a press conference, PTI’s central secretary information Shireen Mazari said PAT is responsible for its own acts and that Shaikh Rasheed has its own party.

Meanwhile, Dr Tahirul Qadri has also said that his party had embarked upon its independent policy.

Both ‘Azadi March’ of PTI and ‘Inqilab March’ of PAT moved along in August and September. Imran Khan first followed Tahirul Qadri to Islamabad’s D-Chow and then to the Prime Minister’s House.

The spectacle is still fresh to the mind when Imran Khan invited Tahirul Qadri atop his own container. Later, Tahirul Qadri declared the workers of both the parties’ as cousins.

But in season two of the ongoing protests, both the parties don’t seem to be enjoying the same kind of warmth. The reason behind this could possibly be the storming of the Parliament House and Pakistan Television (PTV), as both the parties have been trying to dissociate themselves from these incidents.

Today, Shireen Mazari said PAT was responsible for its own actions. Not just that. She also showed indifference to the fiery speeches of Shaikh Rasheed.