The Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday issued “factual clarification” regarding grounds on which Fauzia Kasuri took the decision of parting ways with the PTI and accused her of leveling “false allegations” against its leadership.
The clarification, issued on the PTI’s official website, said the party has highest regards regarding efforts she had made for the party. However, it added that it was the party’s right to clarify some “erroneous” statements made by Kasuri lately.
Announcing her decision at a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday, she had alleged that the Tehrik-i-Insaf has been “held hostage by a mafia.”
In a point by point clarification, the party not only denied her claim of being a founding member of the PTI but also revealed that Fauzia Kasuri failed to abandon her US nationality in time to contest the intra-party elections, held on March 21.
The party later refused to hold intra-party polls again according to rules and regulations upon Kasuri’s demand of a re-election to accommodate her.
The clarification further said that Kasuri was satisfied with the fourth place she was placed on the PTI women priority list in Punjab for the National Assembly, finalised on March 31.
It said expectation was that the PTI would win enough NA seats in Punjab to accommodate a number of the women on the priority list.
It was only after the election results came out when Fauzia Kasuri started her “campaign of maligning the party and the women selected by the leadership for the reserved seats,” the clarification added.