Former finance minister Asad Umar, who resigned as the PTI’s secretary general in May after the May 9 riots, has now stepped down from the party and politics altogether. In a message on X he said, ‘After more than ten years in public life, I’ve decided to completely quit politics. I am resigning from the basic membership of PTI.’ Umar, once a close aide of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, had not joined any other party since the May 9 riots, unlike many other leaders who left PTI.
In a reference to his press conference on May 24, where he condemned the May 9 events and resigned from party positions, Umar emphasized that he had already expressed his disagreement with the policy of confronting state institutions. He believes that such a policy has caused a serious clash with state institutions, which is not in the country’s best interest.
Umar expressed gratitude to those who supported him in his public life, especially the ‘NA-54 team and the voters who elected me twice.’ He acknowledged trying his best to serve the constituency he was elected from and wished for Allah’s blessings on the Pakistani nation.
Asad Umar, once a close confidant of PTI chairman, also served as the party’s secretary general and held the position of finance minister during the last PTI government