Web Desk Published: 28 May at 12:41 | Updated: 30 May at 12:41
Former PTI Official Makhdoom Syed Tariq Mahmoodul Hassan Parts Ways with Party After May 9 Attacks on Army Installations
Makhdoom Syed Tariq Mahmoodul Hassan, the former Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Development, has announced his departure from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party. The decision comes in the aftermath of the violent attacks on army installations by PTI supporters on May 9.
During a press conference held in London on Sunday, Hassan expressed his inability to continue his association with the PTI due to the party leadership's failure to address various issues, including the May 9 protests following the arrest of Imran Khan.
Hassan stated, "Today, I stand before you with a heavy heart. The PTI's leadership's inability to prevent the tragic events of May 9 cannot be overlooked." He emphasized that the May 9 protests had deeply impacted the nation and expressed hope that the public would emerge stronger from the crisis.
Additionally, Hassan paid tribute to the Pakistan Army, recognizing the sacrifices made by its personnel for the country. He affirmed his commitment to working for the welfare of overseas Pakistanis.
The former SAPM highlighted that the armed forces of Pakistan play a crucial role in maintaining stability and peace in the country. The attacks on army installations have deeply shaken the entire nation. Hassan clarified that his decision to leave the PTI was not influenced by any external pressure but rather stemmed from his desire to demonstrate support and solidarity with the Pakistan armed forces.
Hassan was appointed as the SAPM on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Development by former Prime Minister Imran Khan in early 2022, replacing Zulfi Bukhari in that role. Prior to his appointment, Hassan served as the vice-chairperson of the Punjab Overseas Commission and held the position of UK president of the World Congress of Overseas Pakistanis (WCOP).