- PTI leader Sarwar calls for punishing May 9 vandals.
- Ex-minister condemns attacks on army installations.
- Sarwar rejects reports of leaving Khan-led PTI.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ghulam Sarwar Khan Saturday backed the authorities’ decision to try May 9 vandals under the Pakistan Army Act and the Official Secrets Act.
“Whatever the authorities decide […] if the trial can be conducted legally under the army act, then it should take place,” he told Geo News’ Shahzad Iqbal when asked if the suspects should be tried under those laws.
“They [the perpetrators] should be punished,” he said about the protesters who smashed and burned military installations after PTI Chairman Imran Khan was arrested in a corruption case on May 9.
The military called May 9 “Black Day” and has decided to try the protesters under the army act, with Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir saying that the legal process in this regard has already begun.
The former federal minister, during whose stint Pakistan’s aviation sector suffered a setback as he claimed that several pilots were operating without licenses, condemned the attacks and said there was a need to hold a probe into the events.
‘Not leaving PTI’
With several party leaders jumping ship after the events, Sarwar said he had no plans of parting ways with PTI.
“There is no truth [to the reports about me leaving the party]. Tehreek-e-Insaf is my second home,” the former aviation minister said.
“I am not in the party on rent. I own this house. I am not going nowhere,” he added.
High-profile leaders who have quit the PTI in recent days include Member of the National Assembly Mahmood Baqi Maulvi, Sindh Assembly members Karim Bux Gabol and Sanjay Gangwani, former provincial minister Dr Hisham Inamullah, former federal minister Aamir Kiyani and former climate change adviser Malik Amin Aslam.
The announcements came amid a mass crackdown on the party following the violent protests. Meanwhile, PTI chief Khan has distanced the party from the attacks and called for an independent investigation.