Makhdoom Ahmad Mehmood, who recently resigned as Punjab governor, said that he was praying to God that Nawaz Sharif will succeed in resolving the national crises, adding that Pakistan is faced with severe problems and difficulties that could not be fought by an individual or a party.

He was addressing a luncheon organised in his honour by PPP leader Asghar Ali in Kot Sabzal, Sadiqabad. He asked the local leaders and workers of his party to start preparation for the local government elections.

“The national leaders should unite to resolve these problems. The public has put very important responsibility on the shoulders of the PML-N leadership so Nawaz Sharif should take on board all the political parties’ leadership across the country to run the government and resolve these issues,” he said. He also claimed that the PPP was still the biggest political party of the country and said that he would play a key role to strengthen it. He was of the view that the public has created problems by giving mandate in the general elections to different parties across the provinces.

He said that he had resigned as the Punjab governor but President Zardari had not accepted his resignation. He mentioned that the PPP had won two National Assembly and two Punjab Assembly seats from district Rahim Yar Khan, saying that it was the best polling results in favour of the PPP across the Punjab. He said that the PPP suffered defeats across the country because of its failure to overcome the prolonged energy crisis and price hike. He hoped that in the next elections, the PPP will emerge as the biggest party of the country.

Earlier, he said that the public had rejected the PPP for its bad governance during the last five year tenure and elected new ones. He also thanked the local people for voting and supporting his sons in the elections.

He said, “We accept the decision the public has given in the general elections. Insha’Allah, (if God Willing) the people of Wasaib will not be disappointed and we will come up to their expectations and will remain among them for all time. All the resources will be utilised for the development of the region and protection of the people’s rights.” He said that he had tendered his resignation from the office so that the newly elected government could appoint its own governor in the Punjab.

Mr Mehmood had assumed the office over four months ago. He was then the president of PML-Functional Party in Punjab, but the party leadership removed him from the office after his decision to become the Punjab governor.