Maleeka Bokhari, a former parliamentarian, Thursday announced quitting the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), joining a long list of leaders to desert the party following the May 9 riots.
“I condemn the events that transpired on May 9. For every Pakistani, the events that took place on May 9 are very painful,” the former member of the National Assembly said in a press conference in Islamabad.
Announcing her “dissociation” from the party, Bokhari said she wasn’t under duress and “no one forced me into making this decision”.
“As a lawyer, I want to play a positive role in Pakistan. I also want to spend time with my family,” she said.
Bokhari quit the party hours after her release from Adiala Jail, where she was sent after being arrested under Section 4 of the Maintenance of Public Order.