Bigwigs fall on their swords amid ‘shame and disgust’ – Pakistan


Jahangir Khan Tareen, Pir Pagara, Pervez Khattak, Sirajul Haq and Naeemur Rehman

LAHORE/KARACHI/PESHAWAR: It was a stroll of disgrace for some, and defiant stands by others, as numerous political leaders and entities introduced their choice to step down — both from the political limelight or from the few seats that they had managed to garner in final week’s elections.

Jahangir Khan Tareen, the pinnacle of the Istehkam-i-Pakistan Party — cobbled collectively from PTI deserters forward of the polls — introduced his departure from politics after his get together took a drubbing.

Once thought of a confidant of the incarcerated former prime minister and PTI founder Imran Khan, Mr Tareen misplaced each of the National Assembly seats he was contesting on, whereas his nascent get together solely managed to seize two NA and one provincial meeting seat.

In a heartfelt message on X (previously Twitter), Tareen introduced his choice to resign from his place as chairman of IPP and step away from politics altogether. “My gratitude to all members of IPP. I want them the best possible,” he added.

JKT walks away from politics; Pir Pagara incensed by ‘pro-Zardari’ outcomes; Khattak denies stories of PTI-P dissolution

This choice marks the top of an period for IPP, leaving many to surprise about the way forward for the get together with out its founding chief.

Tareen’s departure from politics has left a void in IPP, and it stays to be seen how the get together will navigate this new chapter. As for Tareen, his future endeavours are eagerly anticipated by many, as he had pledged to proceed to serve the nation in a non-public capability.

Reacting to this announcement, IPP President Abdul Aleem Khan expressed unhappiness, saying Tareen will at all times be the patron-in-chief for the IPP and all of them. He additional mentioned that Tareen’s presence in any authorities was an honour for that authorities.

“As a youthful brother and IPP president, I pay tribute to him and his philanthropic actions. May Allah bless them with well being, security, and success. Amen,” he added in a put up on X.

Aleem Khan had emerged victorious in each NA-117 and Lahore’s provincial meeting constituency PP-149, securing a major mandate from the citizens.

Pir Pagara incensed

Rejecting the outcomes of the 2024 elections, PML-Funct­ional chief and head of the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) Pir Pagara mentioned that they got two seats as “charity”, which they didn’t wish to maintain.

In a presser held following a GDA huddle in Karachi on Monday, the non secular chief of the Hur Jamaat introduced a sit-in to protest this injustice on the Hyderabad Bypass on Feb 16. He mentioned the GDA would additionally contact different political events to affix the sit-in.

He disclosed that somebody near him had suggested him to dissolve GDA and take part within the election below the PML-F banner. “I used to be informed that if I type an alliance with Asif Zardari, I’ll get my nationwide and Sindh Assemblies seats,” he added.

He mentioned he was informed that there will likely be ‘zero’ end in case he didn’t shut the chapter of GDA.

“If your complete province was to be handed over to [Asif Ali] Zardari, then what was the necessity for an election?” he requested, including: “We additionally return these two seats. Give these seats additionally to Zardari, he wants them”.

The PML-F chief mentioned that his father had at all times supported the military. “He [late Pir Pagara] was with the GHQ since 1954 and at all times suggested us to go along with the military. But we’ve got the suitable to protest when and the place we don’t get respect and justice.”

When requested if the nation’s institution could be angered by his protest, Pir Pagara mentioned that when a son was indignant together with his father, he additionally left the home.

Pervez Khattak

Although the hearsay mills had been rife with stories that former KP chief minister Pervez Khattak had bid farewell to politics following his get together’s poor displaying on polling day, the pinnacle of his personal PTI-Parliamentarian faction mentioned on Monday that he had no intention to stop politics or abolish his political get together.

PTI-P spokesperson Ziaullah Bangash informed Dawn that stories about Mr Khattak quitting the politics, circulating on social media, had been baseless. “I simply spoke to Mr Khattak, who denied issuing any such assertion,” he mentioned.

The high management of the newly carved out PTI-P did not make a mark on the political panorama of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, managing solely two provincial meeting seats from Peshawar.

The outcomes of the Thursday’s polls had been surprising for 2 former chief ministers, Mr Khattak and Mahmood Khan, as each of them misplaced their seats in their residence districts of Nowshera and Swat, respectively.

Published in Dawn, February thirteenth, 2024

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