A little over an hour after he was released from Adiala Jail, PTI Secretary General Asad said he would step down as the party’s secretary general and member of its core committee.
“In the current situation, it is not personally possible for me to continue a leadership responsibility,” he said.
However, he clarified that he would remain a part of the party. He also said he was under no pressure.
“The events of May 9 have been condemned by everyone, but I want to go into detail into why the events were harmful for the country,” he said.
“People were killed and property destroyed, but the worst part was the attack on military installations,” Asad said. “Action must be taken against everyone responsible.”
He added that it was important to release the thousands of innocent people locked up after the events of May 9.
“The army is not just made up of a few generals, it consists of hundreds of thousands of people,” he said. He added that his family had been affiliated with the armed forces for three generations.
“There are five major stakeholders in the country: the judiciary, which is divided, the army, PTI, PDM and the largest stakeholder of them all, the people of Pakistan,” he said.
“Things are looking bad for every single stakeholder,” he said, adding that the ordinary person was being crushed under inflation.
He added that the solution to the current problems of Pakistan is not possible without dialogue.
Court orders and release
Asad Umar was released from Adiala Jail on Wednesday, after the Islamabad High Court ordered his release earlier in the day.
Adiala Jail’s Superintendant Asad Warraich confirmed to Aaj News that Umar had been released. However, Umar was ushered out through a back gate away from media cameras.
The Islamabad High Court has ordered Islamabad police to release PTI Secretary General Asad Umar, Aaj News reported Wednesday.
The federal capital police arrested him under Section 3 of Maintenance of Public Order (3MPO) last week.
Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb heard the petition against the detention of the senior PTI leader.
He remarked, ’They will not leave you until you hold a press conference.“
On this, Asad Umar’s lawyer Babar Awan said that his client will not hold a press conference.
Moreover, Justice Aurangzeb in his remarks pointed out that the PTI leader had made two tweets that should be deleted immediately.
Babar Awan argued that although this was in the news, Umar would comply with the court’s order.
The IHC Justice remarked that the cases against Asad Umar are in his court and if he gives any order, don’t know what will happen tomorrow.
Advocate Babar Awan said that he had applied for protective bail in criminal cases registered against his client. “We want you to give us two days so that if we get released, we can surrender before the concerned court.”
Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb remarked that he had ordered Shah Mehmood Qureshi to submit an affidavit promising that he would not violate section 144 .
Later, the Islamabad High Court ordered the release of PTI leader Asad Umar.