Imran Khan's own party members question his 'civil disobedience'

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Imran Khan questioned by party members
Islamabad, Aug 20: Even as Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan called for a civil disobedience movement with the aim of removing the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) government of Nawaz Sharif, some of his staunch supporters questioned the move, a report published in Pakistani daily Dawn said.

Saeed Khurshid Ahmed and K Asif, who has been closely associated with the PTI has expressed resentment over Khan's aggressive movement seeking the ouster of the country's ruling establishment.

Khurshid Ahmed, a PTI candidate for National Assembly seat NA - 153 in the general election last year, said the party's demand for removal of an elected prime minister didn't convince him. He said he had joined the party thinking it believed in values like merit, institutional freedom, justice and the rule of law, the report said.

The PTI leader feared that an unconstitutional change as has been sought by his party would lead to anarchy in the country. He also said that party's vision was taking a U-turn and it was going the way of a militant and anarchist outfit.

Khurshid also requested Khan, a cricketer-turned-politician, to withdraw the civil disobedience movement.

Asif, a former president of the Insaf Students Federation (ISF), the students' wing of the PTI, also differed with the decision of the party leadership. Asif, who resigned from the post of the ISF chief last year but retained his PTI membership, said the party looked to have forgotten its slogan for bringing a positive change.

Khan said the new members in the party were giving wrong advices to Imran Khan and it was ultimately the image of the party which took a beating.

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