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Jamali tenders resignation from PML membership

22 May, 2007

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ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali Monday tendered his resignation from membership of Pakistan Muslim League after developing differences with PML leadership over party policies.

He tendered his resignation to Ch Shujaat Hussain, President Pakistan Muslim League during PML Central Executive Committee meeting at PML House. His resignation made the PML CEC members dumbfounded. PML leaders made every attempt to persuade Jamali for taking back his decision, however Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali did not withdraw his decision.

Due to this situation the PML CEC will continue its meeting even today (Tuesday) to mull the latest situation.

The Sources told Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali tendered his resignation from PML membership due to differences over party policies and also presented a charge sheet against party president Ch Shujaat Hussain to CEC.

Jamali in the charge sheet maintained that he has been neglected altogether in all matters and has been ignored in consultations over important matters.

He even blamed that his opponent has been supported by bringing some changes in his constituency.

He also maintained in the charge sheet that the prestige of PML has been badly affected by the judicial crisis.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Sindh Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim, Information Minister Mohammad Ali Durrani and other senior party office bearers also discussed the situation with Jamali persuading him to change his decision but all in vain.

He bluntly refused to withdraw his resignation and recorded his protest with the party leadership.

Later on talking to newsmen Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali said in compliance with party principles he has tendered his resignation to party president Ch Shujaat and now it depends on him (Shujaat) what decision he makes.

When I was prime minister I tendered my resignation to Ch Shujaat and even today I gave my resignation to Ch Shujaat.

Speaking on the occasion Ch Shujaat Hussain said PML is a major political force of the country and development of differences in party is not a wrong portrayal of party image.

He said we will allay the reservations of Mr Jamali with mutual consultations and everything will be fine.

He ruled out any kind of rift in party saying we are united and entire CEC has rejected the resignation of Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali. The issue should not be speculated as I have not accepted his resignation, he held.

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