It is almost a case of mild civil war in Pakistan. Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said Wednesday that senior leaders were being pressured into resigning from his party amid a crackdown, as a former cabinet minister became the latest to quit. Rights monitors said authorities have detained thousands of supporters of Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party since days of street violence erupted over his brief arrest earlier this month.
Party spokesman Fawad Chaudhry, who served as information minister in Khan's government, quit the party while general secretary Asad Umar, the former finance minister, said he would step down from his position but remain with PTI. It came after senior vice-president Shireen Mazari parted ways with Khan on Tuesday.
All three made their announcements after being released from custody on allegations of instigating street violence after Khan's arrest. "This is a crackdown that I have never seen in the history of Pakistan before," Khan said in a video address on Wednesday night.
If you say that you are part of PTI, then you will face oppression and violence, you will be locked up," he said. However, he expressed his desire to fight the oppression with full might in order to save Pakistan from the corrupt people.
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