Peshawar (Web Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday distanced itself from Mussarat Zaib’s statement regarding Malala Yousafzai, saying it “does not reflect the party policy”.

Zaib , a lawmaker elected to a reserved seat on a PTI ticket, alleged that the 2012 attack on the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala, was staged by different groups including rights activists.

The statement not only earned severe backlash from rights group, but also from within the PTI, with party leadership denouncing her remarks. “Zaib does not represent PTI anymore. Even her basic party membership was terminated by the PTI for her open defiance of party discipline,” said PTI spokesperson Shafqat Mehmood .