Farrukh Habib (PTI’s leader from Faisalabad) has taken a bold step, distancing himself from former Prime Minister Imran Khan, whom he labeled as an “irresponsible leader.” During a press conference held in Islamabad, Farrukh announced his association with the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP), led by Jahangir Tareen.
Farrukh Habib criticized Imran Khan for his role in the May 9 riots, asserting that Imran had promoted violence and manipulated the youth. He claimed that Imran had irresponsibly led the youth to believe that institutions were against them, creating a divisive atmosphere and causing strife with their own institutions and the military.
Farrukh Habib’s decision to join IPP follows his recent arrest in Gwadar along with his four brothers, a situation that led to his release.
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He joined a growing list of PTI leaders who have left the party since the May 9 riots, which were declared a “black day” by the then PML-N-led coalition government and the military establishment.
Farrukh emphasized the need for responsible leadership and pointed out that while protests in front of military institutions had occurred in the past, they had never turned violent. He expressed his regret for the events of May 9, which he considered a dark chapter in Pakistan’s history, and clarified that he did not participate in the protest on that day.
Farrukh Habib criticized Imran Khan for choosing a path of violence instead of peaceful solutions after his removal through constitutional means with a vote of no-confidence. He expressed his departure from PTI and revealed his prior meeting with IPP chief Jahangir Tareen before joining the party.
During his address, Farrukh touched on the cypher issue, stating that Imran Khan used it for his political advantage without considering the consequences. He emphasized that confrontation with the US should be approached carefully, especially when the country’s financial situation is challenging, as he pointed out the lack of substantial reserves to support such a stance.