- Andaleeb Abbas, Sadia Sohail, Sumaira Bukhari attended Tareen’s party.
- Firdous Ashiq Awan welcomes “political sisters” into IPP.
- After separation from Imran, many PTI leaders have joined IPP.
Three more leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) left the party and joined Istehkaam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) of Jahangir Khan Tareen – once a close aide of PTI Chairman Imran Khan. ,
Former federal minister Farooq Habib was the last person to join the IPP before former PTI MPs Andaleeb Abbas, Sadia Sohail and Sumaira Bukhari.
The three women politicians announced their joining of Tareen’s party in a meeting with him.
On the occasion, IPP spokesperson Firdous Ashiq Awan – who is one of the former PTI leaders who defected from Imran – said that she welcomes her “political sisters” into the party.
The IPP was formed on June 8 by estranged PTI leaders Tareen and Aleem Khan, who left the former PM’s party due to serious disagreements.
Many Imran loyalists joined hands with the party at its launch, while many others joined the party on different occasions following the riots that broke out following the arrest of the former prime minister on May 9.
Before Habib, Sadaqat Ali Abbasi and Usman Dar also broke away from the former ruling party in the wake of the 9 May events, but did not join any other political party.
PTI Chairman Imran was arrested in a corruption case on May 9, leading to massive protests by the party across the country, with state establishments being targeted.
During the riots, important military installations including the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi and the residence of the Lahore Corp Commander were vandalized.
Following this, action was initiated against those involved in the incidents, which led to the arrest of hundreds of party workers and leaders, including Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
After this, there was a large-scale exodus of PTI leaders and many who claimed to have left the party had said in their press conference that they had said goodbye to politics.
Several PTI stalwarts who joined the IPP include Fawad Chaudhry, Ali Zaidi, Imran Ismail, Faizul Hasan Chauhan and Murad Raas.