JI’s Siraj steps down, Naeem quits seat in protest – Pakistan

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LAHORE / KARACHI: After incomes a humbling defeat for himself and his occasion in elections Jamaat-i-Islami Emir Sirajul Haq stepped down as the top of the occasion on Monday.

“Accepting duty for the defeat in the elections, I resign from the management of Jamaat-e-Islami,” he wrote on X.

Mr Haq, whose second time period because the JI chief was set to run out on March 31, ended his decade-future on the helm of the occasion after an absolute rout in the polls. The Jamaat had fielded 243 candidates for the National Assembly and did not win even one seat. It had given 531 provincial tickets and solely managed to safe six — three in KP, two in Sindh and one in Balochistan.

“Despite my finest and tireless efforts, the occasion has not been capable of obtain desired outcomes. Workers put in finest efforts. God might reward them for these efforts. I settle for the duty of the defeat and hereby resign as occasion head,” his resignation letter reads.

The Jamaat Shura, a 100-member governing physique that may settle for or reject his resignation, is ready to satisfy on February 17, when it can take a call on Mr Haq’s resignation, stated occasion data secretary Qaiser Sharif Mr Haq had changed Syed Munawar Hassan as head of the occasion, and veteran JI chief Liaquat Baloch is being tipped as his potential successor.

Hafiz Naeem’s ‘disgust’

Meanwhile, in Karachi, the Jamaat “forfeited” one among its two Sindh Assembly seats, on the pretext that it was really received by the PTI-backed impartial candidate, however Hafiz Naeemur Rehman was declared the winner solely to defuse the strain of their resistance and protest.

The occasion stated it didn’t want “charity” and would preserve resisting and exercising each authorized proper to win again its mandate in Karachi, the place it claimed MQM-P was “imposed” via “manipulated and rigged outcomes”.

“We don’t need a single vote which isn’t ours and we received’t quit a single one which was ours,” Hafiz Naeem instructed a press convention on the occasion’s Karachi headquarters.

“In PS-129, we got here to know that after a complete rely of the votes as per the Form 45 of all of the polling stations, I bagged 30,464 votes, whereas the votes of the impartial candidate of PTI had been larger than mine. But have a look at the tragedy that the MQM candidate, who wasn’t even in the race and acquired solely 6,010 votes, was declared winner.”

Published in Dawn, February thirteenth, 2024

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