Tareen quits as PTI secretary general

ISLAMABAD –  Following his disqualification by the apex court for life, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf central leader Jahangir Khan Tareek has resigned as party’s secretary general as well.

Soon after meeting with Imran Khan Saturday morning, Jahangir Khan Tareen formally resigned through a letter addressed to the party’s chairman.

Confirming his decision to step down as party’s secretary general, Tareen in a tweet message said: “I have resigned as SG [secretary general] of PTI. Will remain part of the struggle,” he said, adding: “Hoping to see Imran Khan as Pakistan’s next PM.”

Later in the day, the party’s core committee met in the chair of Imran Khan accepted the resignation of Jahangir Tareen but decided to keep the slot of secretary general open till the decision on the review petition in his case which would be filed in due course.

The communiqué issued after the meeting of PTI core committee held at Bani Gala residence of Imran Khan, the party highly valued the decision of Jahangir Tareen to step down as party’s secretary general who stood high moral ground not to stay in party office after his disqualification by the Supreme Court contrary to the PML-N leaders’ decision to keep on clinging to their positions.

It was noted that the disqualification of Jahangir Tareen was not on any corruption charge but merely on technical grounds and the three-member bench of apex court had cleared him of all corruption allegations.

Referring to the cases of PML-N leaders it was noted that even after his disqualification and declaring proclaimed offender by the trial court in corruption reference Ishaq Dar was not relinquishing his position as a cabinet member.

While in case of Nawaz Sharif, amendment was introduced to keep him the party head even after his disqualification by the apex court.

The party viewed the apex court decision of dismissing the case against Imran Khan as satisfactory and constituted a five-member committee under the head of Shah Mahmood Qureshi to devise future strategy and would brief the party chairman on apex court decision not to open Hydaibiya Papers Mills Reference and other legal matters, including the party’s plan to file review petition in Jahangir Tareen case.

The communiqué further grilled the laxity shown by the NAB authorities in mishandling of Hudaibiya Papers Mills case and alleged that the NAB prosecutor was hand in gloves with Sharif family.

The core committee also paid tributes to the martyrs of Army Public School and expressed the resolve and commitment against the menace of terrorism and extremism.

In his resignation letter addressed to party’s Chairman Imran Khan Jahnagir Tareen stated that it was inappropriate to hold his post after the SC verdict. “Imran has turned PTI into a huge political power and I hope he accepts my resignation,” the disqualified PTI leader said.

Calling the petition by PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi “malicious”, Tareen in his resignation said that the apex court disqualified him on “an interpretation of a legal term”. According to him, the “standards of scrutiny” that the PTI leaders faced during the trial were “unprecedented”.

“It is disappointing that the country’s highest tax paying Parliamentarian stands disqualified on a flimsy technical ground,” added Tareen. “Since the highest court of Pakistan has concluded that I am not qualified to continue as a member of [the] assembly, I bow my head in compliance of that order. I have spent all my life on principles and moral values and I feel that morally, it is not justified for me to continue as secretary general of PTI,” he added.

Terming his relationship with Imran Khan as an asset, Tareen said he would continue to be a part of the PTI as a political worker.

The apex Court on last Friday disqualified Jahangir Tareen from holding a public office for concealing his 12-acre Hyde House property in the United Kingdom in his nomination papers before the Election Commission of Pakistan.

He was disqualified in terms of Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution read with Section 99(1)(f) of ROPA for the non-declaration of his property/asset i.e. ‘Hyde House’ in his nomination papers, and in making untrue statement before the apex court that he had no beneficial interest in SVL [offshore company].

 

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