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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Tareen, Khattak quit politics while Siraj ul Haq resigns as “Ameer”

Both Tareen and Khattak shocked the political landscape by declaring their withdrawal from active political involvement.

In the wake of the recent national elections, a cloud of uncertainty continued to hover over the country as three prominent political figures, namely Jahangir Khan Tareen of the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP), Pervez Khattak, the Central Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Parliamentarians (PTI-P), and Sirajul Haq, the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), made startling announcements of their resignations from key party positions.

Both Tareen and Khattak shocked the political landscape by declaring their withdrawal from active political involvement, while Sirajul Haq took accountability for his party’s disappointing performance in the national polls held on February 8.

Could not fulfill the promises with heavy losses in elections 

Additionally, Pervez Khattak, at the helm of his splinter faction of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, PTI-Parliamentarians, also tendered his resignation from his party role, citing a need to “step back” from politics temporarily. This decision follows his party’s virtual obliteration from the political arena, failing to secure even a single seat.

During his campaign, Khattak had made ambitious assertions of assuming the role of Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and anticipated support from PTI-backed independents upon victory. However, his aspirations were thwarted as none of his family members, including his two sons and son-in-law, succeeded in securing any of the seven seats in Nowshera.

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Similarly, Jahangir Tareen faced defeat in both of his National Assembly constituencies, NA-149 and NA-155 Lodhran-2, in the February 8 elections, losing to his opponents by significant margins.

It’s worth noting that the Jamat-e-Islami (JI) party also faced a setback, failing to secure any seats in the National Assembly. Despite winning seats in provincial assemblies, including Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan, Sirajul Haq, who served as the JI chief for a decade, decided to step down from his position after ten years of dedicated service to the party.