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.
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.
I would like to thank everyone who supported me in this election and want to offer my congratulations to my opponents. I have immense respect for the will of the people of Pakistan. Therefore, I have decided to resign from my position as Chairman IPP and step away from politics…
— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) February 12, 2024
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.
محنت اور کوشش کے باوجود کامیابی نہین دلا سکا، الیکشن میں شکست کی ذمہ داری قبول کرتے ہوئے جماعت اسلامی کی امارت سے استعفی دے دیا ہے۔
— Siraj ul Haq (@SirajOfficial) February 12, 2024