ISlAMABAD -  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), while taking a disciplinary action against some 27 office-bearers of the party, including some senior politicians, on Saturday suspended their party membership for casting votes in favour of PML-N candidates in the last phase of Local Bodies polls in Punjab.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the senior party leadership in the light of an internal fact-finding report. Chairman Imran Khan chaired the meeting that was held at Bani Gala, Islamabad.

Some PTI office-bearers had voted for PML-N candidates in the recently held local government elections in Punjab and Imran Khan directed for a strict against them. PTI suspended basic party membership of some 27 office-bearers from different cities of Punjab. All of them have been issued show cause notices to explain their positions on the issue. These include 12 office-bearers from Mianwali, nine from Faisalabad, three each from Attock and Narowal districts. 

“PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif has introduced the bad tradition of buying political loyalties of opponents,” PTI said in a statement quoting Imran Khan. Such turncoats would not be tolerated at any cost and would be ousted from the party ranks, Imran Khan said.

The office-bearers who are facing action include Mumtaz Cheema, Hasan Masood Malik, Zeeshan Liaquat, Bao Yaqoob, Mian Iqbal, Mian Shafqat, Aftab Bhatti, Ayaz Gujjar besides others from Faisalabad, Malik Matiullah, Babli Khan, Dr Salahud Din from Mianwali, Ahsan Kambriyal, Sohail Kambriyal and Atif from Attock and former MNA Tariq Anis, Wakeel Manj, and Arshad Manj from Narowal.

PTI during the meeting also rejected criticism of the ruling PML-N on Justice Qazi Faez Esa’s Inquiry Commission report.

In addition, PTI will formally launch its public contact campaign on Panama Leaks and Chairman Imran Khan will address a public gathering in Swabi (Sunday).

This will be the first public address of the PTI chief after his November 2 thanksgiving rally in Islamabad following the postponement of PTI’s Islamabad lockdown plan.