LAHORE - Jamaat-i-Islami Amir Syed Munawar Hassan on Saturday offered his resignation to the party’s highest decision-making body (Shoora), accepting responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the elections.

However, the JI Shoora rejected the resignation and asked Munawar Hassan to continue to lead the party. The Shoora said that not only the organisation but also the establishment and other factors played a role in JI’s defeat in the elections.

The May 11 elections were the first polls which JI contested under the leadership of Syed Munawar Hassan. The party boycotted the 2008 Elections on the plea that free and fair polls could not be held in the presence of Pervez Musharraf. PTI and Pukhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party, which were also components of All Pakistan Democratic Movement (APDM) like JI, had also boycotted the polls.

Jamaat bagged three National Assembly and seven Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seas while it could secure only one seat in the Punjab Assembly.

The party contested the 1993 Elections from the platform of Pakistan Islamic Front in an attempt to perform better. However, the move did not bring the desired results as a result of which the then JI amir Qazi Husain Ahmed Ahmed also stepped down. Jamaat rejected his resignation as well. But Qazi Hussain called early party polls and was re-elected.

Some days back, Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Pakistan General Secretary Qari Zawar Bahadur also resigned from his position, accepting responsibility for his party’s failure in the general elections.

It has happened not only to religio-political parties, but PPP Senior Vice President Yousaf Raza Gilani also resigned from his senior party position after the elections.

During a press conference after the elections, the former premier said he accepted the responsibility for the party’s defeat. PPP Central Punjab President Manzoor Wattoo also quit his position due to the party’s defeat in the elections.