Islamabad- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi said Tuesday that he heard the voice of his conscience and parted ways with PTI.
“I acted on my conscience. It is a matter of principle. I have been fighting for supremacy of the constitution throughout my life, and believe that only a democratic system can lead the country to the road of prosperity. This is the basis of my decision and reason for joining and leaving the PTI,” Javed Hashmi said while talking to The Nation.
Responding to a question, the veteran politician said he had no regrets over his decision.
Makhdoom Javed Hashmi once again grabbed attention after announcing his resignation from the National Assembly during his touching speech.
It was not the first time that the veteran politician criticised the system and made his fellow politicians realise their duties.
In last parliamentary session, Javed Hashmi parted his ways with Nawaz Sharif over developing differences with PML-N chief.
But this time the circumstances were extra-ordinary.
His resignation came after his shocking revelations about his party chief Imran Khan.
“Khan has been making an impression that army is supporting the anti-government marches, during his meetings,” Hashmi told The Nation.
“Tarin told me to prepare list of candidates as the elections would be held in late August or September. He (Imran Khan) believed that elections will take place till that time; how it could be. I wondered and asked but they were convinced,” Hashmi said.
Talking about developing his first difference with Imran Khan, the elected central president of PTI said first difference was over formation of a technocrat government, but it was resolved after Khan’s clarification.
“Imran Khan asked me over phone to come back and said that in his address he had clarified what he meant from technocrat government,” Javed Hashmi maintained.
The second difference proved to be fatal, and he left the party he nurtured for quite some time.
Iman Khan repeatedly said he would not take the PTI’s march to the Prime Minister House, but he asked the marchers to move ahead. “When I opposed he told me I could leave the party,” Javed Hashmir said.
About his decision to distance himself from the party, Hashmi said, “No, not at all. It was a well-thought decision. On one hand it was the party for which I worked so hard, and on the other side there was supremacy of the parliament. I opted for the supremacy of parliament and constitution and will always do the same whatever the consequences may be,” he said firmly.
Hashmi said it was his conscience he acted on. “I cannot say about the effect of my decision on the party but I did what I felt right,” he said.
PTI supporters alleged that Javed Hashmi’s allegations on PTI chairmen were in conformity with the PML-N’s endeavours to make some splinter group in the party.
“No, not at all,” he insisted, “I have no intention of making any forward bloc or splinter group in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, I will simply go to my people again,” Hashmi said.