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Why did PML-N’s Azam Nazeer Tarar resign as law minister?

Azam Nazeer Tarar resigned as the Federal Law Minister. While his resignation has not been accepted yet, speculations are rife over his sudden resignation.

In a major development, PML-N leader Azam Nazeer Tarar resigned as the Federal Minister for Law Monday night, citing “personal reasons”.

According to the details, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar sent his handwritten resignation to President Dr. Arif Alvi. He stated that he could not perform duties as a federal minister for personal reasons.

“I have had the great honor and privilege to serve my country as the Federal Minister for Law and Justice under the able leadership of Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. However, due to personal reasons, I am unable to discharge my duties as the federal minister,” Azam Nazeer Tarar said in his resignation letter.

While Azam Nazeer Tarar cited “personal reasons” for resigning, speculations are rife that he resigned due to differences over the nominations of junior judges for elevation to the Supreme Court.

According to the reported details, Azam Nazeer Tarar, as the law minister, supported Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial’s nominations of junior judges for elevation to the Supreme Court on the federal government’s instructions. However, a lawyer close to Tarar revealed that he was not comfortable with the government’s decision. He was also said to be under immense pressure for casting his vote in favor of some ‘junior judges’ therefore, he decided to tender his resignation.

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Moreover, his resignation comes after the recent Asma Jahangir Conference which he attended as a chief guest. During the conference, slogans were raised against the state institutions which upset Azam Nazeer Tarar.

“I am disappointed with the way a small group of participants behaved at AJCON22 today by unnecessarily chanting slogans against state institutions and not listing the achievements so far made for their benefit. We must respect each other’s point of view – a hallmark of a democratic society,” he tweeted.

Soon after, reports of his resignation emerged. However, his resignation has so far not been accepted.

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