KARACHI: Former Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Naz Baloch on Sunday said that one of her reasons to leave the Imran Khan-led party was the apparent male chauvinism within party ranks in Karachi, ARY News reported.
Talking exclusively to ARY News anchor Maria Memon, Naz Baloch, who left PTI to join PPP on Sunday, maintained that in recent intra-party elections, all appointed members were men.
“Those who came from other parties within PTI are today asking who is Naz Baloch and that I was an ordinary worker. I like being called a worker but they have forgotten how to respect a worker. We have participated in the PTI sit-in for 150 days, do we need to tell these people, who we are?,” said Naz Baloch.
Brushing aside the criticism of being an “opportunist”, she claimed that she was getting the election ticket from PTI on a silver platter as she was on of the few prominent faces in Karachi.
“But how can I contest elections when there is no party structure (in Karachi) and the workers are angry,” said Naz Baloch.
She further claimed that she has nothing against Imran Khan but the PTI she joined was the PTI of Imran Khan, where he used to take all decisions and his ideology wasn’t compromised.
“Now there are ideological changes, people who are turncoats, who enjoyed ministries in other parties are joining PTI,” said Naz Baloch.
She added that she was of the view that Imran Khan should spend more time in Karachi and review the decisions regarding party structure.
“But whenever he used to visit Karachi, after the event (which brought him to Karachi) someone would take him to his/her house for dinner and then he would fly back,” said Naz Baloch.