Naz Baloch, a young politician who fervently advocated the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) stance on every national issue during TV talk shows, is no longer affiliated with the party.
In a surprising move, she told a news conference on Sunday that she had decided to end her seven-year association with the PTI and formally announced joining the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
Flanked by PPP-backed Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and the party’s central leader Faryal Talpur, Naz said she opposed the PTI leaders’ Punjab-centric politics and their disregard for Sindh. “As a daughter and representative of Sindh, I feel that the PTI’s focus is centred on Punjab.”
She claimed that she had tried her best to persuade the party’s supremo Imran Khan to pay attention to Sindh and its capital Karachi. “Whenever he came to the city for his five- or six-hour visits, he was kept away from PTI workers by the party’s Karachi leadership. I had openly voiced my concerns about it.”
Daughter of the PPP’s veteran leader Abdullah Baloch, Naz has also served as a provincial minister. “I have returned home, as my father had laid down the foundation of the PPP alongside Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.”
Criticising the appointment of the same group of individuals as the PTI’s Karachi leaders, she said support for the party had significantly decreased, mainly because of a lack of a proper organisational structure. “In the past elections the PTI mustered enough votes to bring about a change, but now the party itself is changing.”
Complaining about the “male chauvinistic behaviour prevalent within the PTI”, she said “women do not have considerable representation in the party”.