ISLAMABAD – Serious speculations ensued following Ayesha Gulalai’s announcement that she will quit the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) on Tuesday.
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Gulalai cited ill-treatment of women in the party as the reason for her decision. She said that she had conveyed her grievances to the party leadership but no action was taken, forcing her to take the decision.
However, social media was quick to declare the sudden resignation, that came moments ahead of the prime ministerial election in National Assembly, a result of personal differences with party’s chairman, Imran Khan.
"Ayesha Gulalai" Why not she raised this issue before since 2013 election? Its just lame excuses. Because IK refused her for NA 1 seat
— Zarwan Ali (@zarwanali1989) August 1, 2017
IK met Ayesha Gulalai yday at BG. There was a ticket dispute. If I am wrong, anyone can challenge me. She was at BG only y'day.
— Faisal Ahmad Jafri (@faisalahmadj) August 1, 2017
PTI’s official Twitter account also posted an ambiguous tweet fuelling the speculations further:
عائشہ گلالئی صاحبہ کی کل عمران خان سے ملاقات ہوئی جس میں خان صاحب نے اگلے انتخابات کے لئے NA1 کا ٹکٹ رہنے کا وعدہ کرنے سے انکار کر دیا pic.twitter.com/RNuexQ8JTj
— PTI (@PTIofficial) August 1, 2017
Photos se tou saaf lag raha she is trying to convince khan sb for something.. NA 1 seat
— Senator Shavaiz (@s00mr0_1) August 1, 2017
Yesterday she was on stage nd just 24 hourz after refusing ticket imran khan become characterlesss waaaah raaay
— Salahudin ayubi (@Salahudinayubi2) August 1, 2017
yeah izzat ka card khel khel ker izzat gawai jaaty hai .. u dont need 5 years to find out ur PARTY is unsafe for women ur chairman is creep
— jamal belal (@JimBell149) August 1, 2017