Rabia Zia’s Resignation Letter to PTI

25 Oct

To Chairman Imran Khan & Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf
Oct 24 2012

Resignation of Rabia Zia

It is with great sorrow that I am resigning from Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf [PTI].  PTI is the first political party that I joined some 5 years ago with the belief that Chairman Imran Khan through PTI will change Pakistan by implementing the rule of law, meritocracy, accountability, transparency, democracy & justice.
I believed in PTI’s ideology and joined the party when there were only a handful of people associated with it in the UK. My conviction that PTI was the only party to change Pakistan gave me the strength to work day & night, build teams of volunteers, travel across the UK, raise funds by introducing the concept of paid membership for the first time in an international chapter, arrange fund raisers for PTI the party as well as projects such as Sasta Tandoor, document the code of conduct, setup PTI as a legal entity in the UK, setup a legal bank account, represent PTI in every forum in the UK, sponsor PTI offices in Pakistan, arrange varied public and official events for the Chairman.  I was sure that PTI would bring the rule of law to Pakistan and I shared this message of hope with the common man and brought people into the fold of the party for justice. My team and I are proud to say that we made PTI a household name in the UK and saw it grow from a small group to a party of political activists.
Although we faced continuous challenges by one person within the party and braved the infighting (from Pakistan to the UK) including morally corrupt practices such as using Insaf website blogs to target PTI workers, ad hoc notifications posted undemocratically at the whim of Dr Alvi, disqualifications posted, illegal suspension notices posted, malicious social media used to target workers, email chain smear campaigns, UK website shut down as it started to make a lot of money for the party, creation of groupings within the party – we still raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for PTI’s activities in Pakistan. The multitude of tools used in the party to target workers meant that 80% of our energy was pointlessly wasted.
However I was still fresh with the success of the restoration of the independent Judiciary and felt that the Leader was unable to control some individuals in the party and it was not his fault & things would get better – so I beavered away.
The final straw for me has come after 5 years, and it’s a tough realisation when I believed with such intensity that PTI would change the corrupt to good & transform the destiny of Pakistan. But the lawlessness in the party is demoralising to the extent that I am now unconvinced that PTI can deliver what it has been promising.
PTI boycotted National Elections in Pakistan due to potential rigging & manipulation and lack of an independent election commission. For PTIUK elections,  announced in Dec 2010 & held in Jan 2012, all rules & standards of holding Free & Fair elections were dropped. We boycotted these elections because they were openly rigged by Dr Alvi who had taken a personal dislike to us due to our continuous ‘ask’ for insaf, our escalation of wrongs within the party and pointing out breaches of PTI’s Constitution. For the UK, he used a divide & rule strategy, created & promoted groups & ensured that voting was through the Insaf website [email voting managed by him].  In order to ensure that his group had a chance of winning he & Dr Hamayun removed the UK body, dissolved the city structure & created regions and put in a ‘colonial structure’ to manage these regions from Pakistan.  He introduced a list of 360+ bogus voters, which was again challenged by us. There was no election commission, no consultation of the election process and till today we have no visibility of alleged 400 voters who voted. We had boycotted as he did not allow eligible genuine members to vote because he knew that we had a clear win [we had made 100s of paid members between April 2011 and Jan 2012 hence we sent £119k in Mar 2012].  In addition to the above, he introduced another fraud region to facilitate his group win. Our pleas of violation of all fundamental principles of Free & Fair elections and violation of PTI’s Constitution fell on deaf ears – these elections were for a mere 863 people where majority were ineligible to vote.
Every CEC [Central Executive Committee] member and the Chairman were aware of the manipulation & rigging in PTIUK elections – some raised their voices but were rendered helpless as Dr Alvi was able to convince the Chairman otherwise. By this time, my faith in PTI was shattered however due to the immense support in the UK, I persisted and we forced a ‘Judicial’ review.
Further disappointed was in store – Dr Hamayun and Dr Alvi suspended me and 6 other senior die hard workers to silence and defame us as we had highlighted what they had done with PTI in the UK.  This ‘illegal’ suspension & open maliciousness of its own party workers was also observed by the CEC & the Chairman and for 5 months nothing was done.
Looking back, we have wasted so much time on the pointless intrigues whereas we could have done so much more for Pakistan under PTI.
Despite all the wrongs we continued to deliver for PTI – I felt some comfort when Justice Shaiq Usmani was requested to review the PTIUK elections.  He noted that the elections were rigged & manipulated and that our Suspension Notice was illegal. Still expecting Justice, I was relieved when the PSC (replacement of CEC) decided to implement the recommendations of Justice Usmani to correct the ‘fraudulent and bogus’ elections in the UK. Our suspension notice disappeared overnight without any accountability of those who had maligned us. In Aug 2012, the PSC announced a date of Nov 15 2012 <x-apple-data-detectors://1>  for PTIUK re-elections. This was short lived as Dr Alvi again convinced the Chairman otherwise and the PSC’s decision was reversed. The Chairman to date has not been able to implement Justice’s recommendations. Instead those who had committed wrong were promoted and given additional responsibility within the party. We sent numerous pleas for the recommendations in the Judicial review to be implemented so that everyone can move on – this has not been done.

I have decided to part ways with the party which cannot hold people accountable within, provide the rule of law and Justice to its own die hard ideological workers, constantly takes  ‘U turns’ and lacks democracy & collective decision making power – this has resulted in its inability to correct all wrongs.

I sincerely apologise to all the people who have asked me “not’ to resign and thank those from the bottom of my heart who have stood by me for justice as their support was my driver.

Today, I do not blame anyone however I do believe that at the end of the day whatever happens in a party is with the acknowledgement of its Leadership. For me PTI has lost its vision, its ideology and its direction and I hope that one day PTI can practice all that it preaches. It would be beneficial for all members if PTI leaders undertake a calm and rational analysis of what has happened to the party.


Rabia Zia

London, United Kingdom



35 Responses to “Rabia Zia’s Resignation Letter to PTI”

  1. khanpti786 October 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Again a an old member resigns because of personal “grudges”

    PTI is no more a change party / will not bring change again “Assumptions”, Q how many choices we have PML PPP MQM PTI, You make your choice , Our Choice is Loud and Clear we believe in Khan’s Team , if in future he disappointed us or will unable to deliver we will chuck him out

    Imran Khan had made it very clear to Everyone that he don’t believe in OLD/NEW who will work for the party will come-up

    The timing of your resignation with respect is based on hypocrisy because Mr Khan is on Fund raising Tour in UK , you want to Sabotage it and making it embarrassing for Mr Khan

    If you would have been sincere or Loyal Party member, you could have delayed it until Mr Khan finishes his tour.

    I have great respect for you , I have seen you working for the party whole heatedly but disappointed of your Hippocratic behavior.


  2. Ijaz Raja October 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    you cant even vote in Pakistan ,

  3. TABA October 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    There is, I’m sry, no political solution to Pakistan. Only way out is philanthropy. But not in its traditional sense. Join hands as v r not just few now to uphold your ideals for self fulfilment. Emails for more info r welcome.

  4. Ali October 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    With all due respect IF you guys think this is the best way to let your anger out, then so be it. But with this you have also shown your true colors and Alhumdulilah, the pain i felt when Ms.Mazari left the party is no more after reading the filth on your blogpost. This is insane.

    Even a moron with no education will tell you it’s pure bias stuff that you post. NOW that you have no association with PTI you should also stop worrying about it as no one is bothering asking you any more to join PTI and neither u r interested to join back the party so it should be a dead case for you. Putting such things on your blog shows what nature and filth you have inside. My apologies, as this was all within me and i shared it, yes my filth

  5. Muhammad Ibad October 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    DR Arif Alvi is actually from MQM he is doing this to bring his own group at the top of Pti .PTI Workers from Karachi are of the same view that he & his Son are working for MQM in real

    • Meem Sheen Kamil October 27, 2012 at 11:09 am #

      Not a single party or person can put Pakistan to its right and progressive track EXCEPT the sons and seniors of its creators, because these are the people who feels pain in their hearts when anything goes against beloved country. The rest are looters, cheaters, money-mentors and so on.

  6. Salman October 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    why didnt you go to the chaiman with your grievences?

    a load of bologna, is what i think it is.


    • Ali Salman October 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      Dr.Mazari`s tweet aroused my curiosity compelling me to look up your reasons for leaving PTI. Based just on your version, It appears an ideological conflict perhaps with ground realities. I do not know you but have heard of your admirable work to establish UKPTI and serve Pakistan. With all your disappointments and dislikes you should have stayed within, remember truth prevails ultimately and more importantly Pakistan needs the likes of you and Dr. Mazari. PTI being a new party will undoubtedly have initial hiccups but it has given HOPE where there was non. I would ask you to keep ultimate objective of serving people and country above all else for now. Is it too much to ask ??

  7. Tariq October 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Other than the Chairman, no individual should be able to take important decisions. There should be a committee diverse enough to be able to hear the ‘other’ side of the story & try to take an unbiased decision. It is unfortunate that such old members resign for things which were not so difficult to resolve.

  8. Shame PTI October 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    this is indeed a shame for Imran Khan and his hypocrisy that his loyal members are leaving- he is getting along with Lotas better than the real party workers. It shows his political immaturity. This will not last longer- He has let all the fforts of true party members go down the drain- He is not a leader but a goof-

    I was a PTI supporter but not anymore

  9. satakshi October 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    with all due respect, but the way you put your feelings in a blog for the world to see means nothing but craving of public attention. As far as we know, the party has not lost its principles but has become more rigid over the years. anyone who is in the party for a good cause knows it and will stick to it forever whereas one who is here for personal benefit either money or leadership will go like you did. I am more than happy that you left coz anyone who demands personal recognition shall leave. Those who put on effort within party will themself come forward needless to say. Still would like to thank you for all your contribution also want you to remember that not you or any other single member makes much difference to the party anymore, as IDEAS ARE THE BACKBONE OF THIS PARTY NOT THE MEMBER …


  10. Wasey Azim October 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    The Party which can’t change itself, how can bring change to the Country. Their followers or Trolls could not even help in such a sad moment and doing the same old mud-slinging on an ex-member and colleague who gave her blood and sweat for the party. But the Party Leadership and lower tiers down to supporters/followers have fallen victim to a Compulsive Disorder of Abusing and Mud-Slinging which has gone beyond correction. Which new Party in the world has seen such a demise and downfall before it came to power whereby hardcore workers and executive members started leaving against the attitude of Party Chairman, Coterie around him and Mad-like followers which are now known as “Gaali Brigade”. Yet Party Leadership has resorted to “Self-Denial” than to redressing Compelling issues.

  11. Khan October 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm #


  12. fahdaliasif October 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    Someone wise said, ‘the beauty of love is to disagree and still keep holding hands’. I think it can somewhat be applied to this situation as well – both you and Dr. Shireen Mazari would have been better off being in PTI and continuing with your struggle. If you believe in a ‘particular vision’ of change, try and get people behind it and create the strong voice within the party, which would get heard.

    Also, interesting timing with both the resignations as the party is in elections and very soon all international chapters would get dissolved too. Your issues could have been resolved hopefully and the party would have been stronger.

    We should always remember that Imran Khan / PTI would never be able to please everyone. Have we heard what the other side had to say? They might be equally loyal to PTI but due to personality clashes between you guys, the party had to suffer.

  13. Fahad October 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Congratulations & Heartiest Greetings for taking this bold decision against Injustice

  14. XeeMAGK October 26, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    What a pity for PTI to loose personalities like Shireen Mazari and Rabia Zia. They were die hard activists. Real fighters.
    People like Dr. Arif Alvi and some other stooges should be kicked out as filth to keep the party of change pure and clear.
    Imaan Mazari you shouldnt be disappointed, there are waves of change in swing.
    The time has come and the moment of a paradigm shift is near. Forces of nature are silent but they are in progress, always.
    So keep faith and keep fighting.
    The struggle between good and bad is a never ending story.
    I feel sorry for you. But do work for your country anyhow. Pakistan does not end on PTI.
    Think beyond.
    Create something new and better.
    Maybe thats your destiny dear.

  15. XeeMAGK October 26, 2012 at 1:05 am #

    To PTI members.
    Its a say guys.
    “Nadaan dost se danaa dushman behtar hota he”.
    But the even worse scenario is when the “nadaan dost” starts playing in the hands of “danaa dushman”.
    I really hope that you guys are of that calibre that you can resist any attempt of creating unrest and unjustice within tehrike insaf. Otherwise you will only become blind followers like sheep.
    Nothing new. We have a lot of them in former parties. But being an insafian something more is required from you.
    If you choose to be a silent onlooker only and let the corruption and napotism ( sab purane gunnah) to be injected in your movement for change, then you are not an activist for a better future, but just a “charhte suraj ka pojari”.
    Instead of being cheap and childish, please use your energy and intellect to understand the problem and handle it as a serious matter.

  16. imtiazahmed October 26, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    You opened your eyes at a right time. I do not know about England, but almost all PTI workers and office bearers are paid, and paid handsomely. After Lahore and Karachi jalsa it really looked a tsunami, but alas, now it looks someone has caused a small hole in the PTI balloon and the gas is escaping out.

    The five million dollar deal with an American NGO for a video of long “peace march” to Waziristan could not be picturized to the satisfaction of NGO that badly need to make a documentary for Obama-Romney election campaign. However they were kind enough to pay the deal amount if Imran Khan succeeds to make a huge anti-drone demonstration before UNO building. Let us hope he succeeds, ’cause Imran is running short of fund and the election is still six months or so ahead. In Pakistan he is blamed for mis-using Shaukat Khanem Hospital Trust fund.

  17. FM Endrabi October 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Dont worry Imran has no chance to win 10 seats I wonder if he will himself win ?

  18. Junaid October 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Well, I think you should have communicated your concerns through proper channel and should have ensured that IK listens to it (before resigning and putting it public). I think it’s not a good way of leaving your own party.
    On the other hand, I hope IK should take your stated concerns seriously and get to the root of it.
    I hope PTI remains united and wins these elections as its the only chance for change.

  19. Farhan October 27, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    It’s easy to run away wen Ur looking for personal benefits ..U gotta have big heart to work for something big and don’t care about Ur personal grudges,ego and interest…pity on u who could not endure the evolution and change in the party

  20. Zafar October 27, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    Well.. Seriously.. ALLL old PTI UK members (8+ years) hate u..
    Why?? Why to hv ur own website when pti’s main website can do the job.. Why u tried to get into fight with ev senior in party nd IK supported u in the beginning.. It had to be stopped nd ur honeymoon was supposed to b over some day..
    The day was 24 oct 2012..

  21. Ch Akbar, October 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Hi, I agree with the Rabia Zia, I am still with her. I think now after leaving Rabia PTI has changed because PTI is also doing/going same path which using other political parties in Pakistan. I will must say thank Rabia to interoduce PTI in UK but sorry to say the PTI did not gave her peroper place and reward to her.

  22. Shaheera October 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    What a pity!
    Rabia Zia has made every single reason (for leaving PTI) absolutely clear in this letter of hers.Now we are doubting her intentions? Doubting the intentions of somebody who was ideologically associated with PTI? Doubting the intentions of somebody who worked for PTI day and night? Doubting the intentions of somebody who worked for Pakistan day and night? Hadd hogai.

    Agreed.PTI may be 70% good.But if it is 30% bad and if this 30% is causing serious damage to meritocracy within the party,then it must be higlighted and must be sorted.Rabia Zia did everything she could,from seeking a Judicial Review to repeatedly trying to get the matter noticed by the main leadership of PTI.
    Principles are something and we must understand leaving PTI must have been one of the hardest decisions for her.

  23. Irfan Mirza October 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    PTI is going through a lot of internal conflicts and tugs of war. I am waiting to see what comes out when the dirt is settled.

  24. Qamar Nazir October 30, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    Really a sad happening,,, PTI is indeed loosing great fellows,,, I think it is really a treat to revamp the things,,, I wish Rabia, Imaan and Shireen could come back and lead from the from the front.

  25. Muhammad Ali October 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I think Rabia has done the right thing. Imran Khan could ‘ve won alone had he remained on the path he was following till 30 OCT 2011. There was no need of inviting OLD HORSES. It would ‘ve been a better idea to make an ALLIANCE with PML-N, JI and other parties than to have accepted Musharaf’s cabinet members in his team. Our love for Imran Khan cannot fade away but their should be some decipline in the party. Their is no point in shifting poineers to back benches and putting same old faces to forefront. I feel terribly sorry when I see people like Ms. Shireen Mazari, Admiral Javed Iqbal, Rabia Zia leaving PTI. I am totally unable to understand why PTI lost its way when they were about to reach their destination.

    We must also keep in mind onething and i.e., our first goal should be to safe guard interest of Pakistan. Our MOTTO should be “Serve Pakistan” only.

  26. Ejaz Ahmed, Islamabad October 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    The good amount of facts presented here in the letter. Still i feel that the lady memeber should have gone democaratically…. Appeal to CEC in PTI…… appeal in civil court for lack of democracy inside the party which clear voilation of Election Commission Regulations related to Political Parties………… I think we are in hurry and want result in plate very soon…….

    The lady must adhere to political norms and sort out her in-house affairs within the party….such blame games will not result any thing positive… plz save this only one party which is having some positivity and HOPE for Pakis….

  27. engineer sadam hussain domki November 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    u r very much respectable to us we are also suffering from these same issues so what we should decide at last i with my 3000 members of PTI are going to say bye 4ever….
    engineer sadam hussain domki
    district president youth wing pti kashmore sindh

  28. Jalil Malik December 21, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    How can we win election withiout adding new peoples in the party. WE are with PTI because, I believe that this party will perform better than any other parties like PPP and PML-N. These are minor issues, always raised in big party, she should face it. I request Rabia to rejoin PTI as this is wrong time to leave party, in other words, she is helping PML-N or PPP. PML-N ruled over Pakistan in 1996 -1999 (three years) with two third majority but remained unsuccessful to bring any durable and sustainable change in Pakistan.

    • Irfan Mirza February 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      well too late now. rabia has already joined PMLN. and she is very excited about it. Rabia is a very devoted person and she will be an asset to any party she joins.

  29. Mad Ave December 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Change he says? He can’t even bring change in his own party, Pakistan’s way beyond him. I would believe he knows what’s going down inside his party circles and I personally know people who are struggling with power politics in KPK for PTI. People who are using unfair means, influence and power are trumping the honest, just and fair potential candidates from certain areas due to their vote bank and Imran Khan supports the former faction. Shame on him, to think we all had any hope he would bring a change.

    He did bring a change, he brought a change in the hearts of people like me. People who believed in him and don’t anymore. He changed our opinions about him. Shame on yet another gutless leader in Pakistan who has become the symbol of ignorance and slyness. I feel for people like Mizari and Zia, sometimes justice is just not accessible for people who believe in it.

  30. Jalil Malik February 21, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    In any form of politics, I believe Imran Khan is the best choice among available leadership. THERE IS ONLY ONE NATIONAL LEADER WHO DID NOT TAKE OATH FROM ANY DICTATOR. Despite opportunist political behaviour like Nawaz Sharif, who took all Musharaf front line team, Imran is the poineer who have introduced high moral stances like in UK in Pakistani community.
    At the time of decision, don’t give value to minor issues this paves the way to come again status quo forces in power.
    ELECTION 2013 would be between two forces STATUS QUO and ANTI STATUS QUO forces. At present there is no issue of Right or Left wing.

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