ISLAMABAD  -  Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali on Wednesday tendered his resignation from the post.

“It has indeed both an honour and privilege to have served this country as Attorney-General for Pakistan,” said Ali in his resignation sent to President Mamnoon Hussain. 

“I believe that in the wake of imminent general elections, it would only be correct for me to tender my resignation from constitutional office, lest it be perceived by any party that my continued presence will impede the process of free and fair elections. The democratic transition, and its preservation, is a cornerstone of our Constitution and our democracy.”

Ali in his resignation also requested President Mamnoon Hussain to graciously accept his resignation with immediate effect.

The AGP Office confirmed that Ali had tendered resignation on May 31, on the last day of five-year term of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led federal government. However, his resignation was not accepted by then Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Sources said that Ali then again tendered his resignation on Wednesday.

Ali was appointed as AGP in March 2016 after deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif accepted the resignation of Salman Aslam Butt over serious differences with then federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who was not pleased over the apex court’s verdict that had upheld the Sindh High Court (SHC) decision in the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s case.

During his tenure, Ali has also served as Convener of the Treaty Implementation Cell (TIC) while he also oversaw the successful renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Plus, an economic package granted to Pakistan by the European Union (EU).

Despite Khawar Qureshi is leading the case of Indian spy Kabhushan Jadav in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), however, Ali has been playing important role in mulling over a way forward to best pursue the case.