As the crackdown on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) continues following the May 9 mayhem, former Punjab education minister Murad Raas has become the latest leader to quit the party.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Friday, Raas said no amount of condemnation was enough for what happened on May 9. "We never thought we would part ways with the party," he said alongside other leaders, including Pir Ahmad Khagga, Raja Yawar Kamal and Chaudhry Adnan.
He laid the blame for the party's current predicament — facing intense criticism with scores of leaders and thousands of workers arrested across the country following the riots — on Khan's advisers in Lahore.
"We do not believe in the PTI's politics of violence," the former provincial minister said.