Key Pakistani Leaders Step Down from Party Positions

Jahangir Tareen and Siraj ul Haq left politics after the general elections in Pakistan. The Pakistani leaders announced their resignation from their political party, the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) and Jamat e Islami (JI). IPP had launched just eight months prior in June 2023. JI leader steps down after the alleged rigging in the elections.

In Pakistan, two important political figures have made surprising decisions, shaking up the country’s political landscape. Jahangir Khan Tareen, leader of the Istehkam-i-Pakistan Party (IPP), and Siraj-ul-Haq, the head of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), have both stepped down from their leadership positions within their parties. These Pakistani leaders have had a prominent role in the country’s politics in recent times.

Tareen, in a statement posted on the X platform, expressed gratitude to his supporters in the recent elections and extended congratulations to his political rivals for their victories. He also announced his decision to completely withdraw from politics, citing immense respect for the people’s will as his reason for stepping down.

Pervez Khattak also took a break from politics and left the chairman position of his political party ‘Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Parliamentarians (PTI-P). It seems like a political crisis in the country after the elections.

On the other hand, Siraj-ul-Haq took responsibility for his party’s poor performance in the February 8th national elections and resigned from his position as the party’s leader. The IPP, despite being newly formed with former PTI members at its core, only managed to secure two seats in the National Assembly and one in the Punjab Assembly.

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Similarly, the JI faced a setback with no seats secured in the National Assembly and only three in the Sindh and Balochistan assemblies. One of these seats, previously held by JI Karachi chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, was relinquished earlier.

In another development, Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rahman, the JI Karachi chief, announced his decision to concede the PS-129 Sindh Assembly seat to the PTI-backed candidate, Saif Bari. This decision followed allegations of irregularities by Naeemur Rahman, who claimed that the Election Commission of Pakistan had tampered with the election results. Naeemur Rahman stated that Bari had genuinely won the seat with significantly higher votes, and thus, he chose to forfeit his claim to it.

These developments mark significant shifts in Pakistan’s political scene, raising questions about the future direction of these parties and their roles in the country’s political landscape.

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