Photo shows former Director General Institute of Strategic Studies Dr Shireen M Mazari speaking at a public event in Islamabad.—Photo by ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Central Vice President of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Dr Shireen Mazari on Wednesday resigned from her basic party membership, citing differences “purely based on political issues”.

In messages posted on social media website Twitter, Mazari said: “I have given in my resignation from PTI. I regretfully resign as people had real hopes with PTI.”

“Not leaving PTI for any other party, purely based on political issues,” said Mazari in her messages. “Party program has been taken over by ‘big money’. The membership drive was hijacked by ‘big money’. This has compromised the party elections.”

Mazari was also incharge of Foreign Policy for the PTI. The renowned analyst was served a notice by the party leadership after reportedly giving statements against PTI’s policies.

“I haven’t left the ideology the party has departed from the ideology. My resignation is not based on personal differences rather on policy and governance issues. I am ready to serve PTI again if the party lives up to its principles,” added Mazari in further tweets clarifying her resignation.

“Let me make it clear yes I was served a show cause notice & my resignation came after due deliberation. I was NOT suspended from the party,” she added, clarifying her position.

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