ISLAMABAD - State Minister for Communications Abdul Hakeem Baloch yesterday resigned from his post over differences with the bureaucracy and failure of PML-N leadership to address his grievances.

In a letter addressed to the prime minister and later released to the media, Hakeem Baloch said, “(I am resigning) to save myself from further humiliating situation; it is very difficult for me to continue this position.”

He added, “Now it is once again requested to kindly accept my resignation from the portfolio of state minister for communications. I surrender all facilities provided to me as minister of state.”

Earlier, a source told The Nation that soon after assuming the charge of the state minister for communications, Baloch was barred from going to the ministry.

“He was told that he has no work to do in the ministry, therefore, he should not come to the office,” the source added.

The minister lodged complaint with the PM and met him thrice. Every time he was assured that the issue would be resolved but nothing happened.

The minister preferred to keep quiet in the cabinet and due to the Panama leaks he opted to stay with his party, the ruling PML-N. “He didn’t say goodbye to his portfolio during the crisis because people would think that he was scared,” the source added. Abdul Hakeem Baloch is PML-N MNA from Malir, Karachi, and his resignation from cabinet will be a big loss to the party in the province.

Last time, he met the prime minister on April 29 and pointed out these problems. The PM assured him that the problem will be sorted out and asked him to keep working as a minister, the source said.

The minister also asked the PM for providing funds of Rs150 million for the projects in his constituency and the PM approved Rs100 million. But bureaucratic hurdles to his work as minister did not end.

The source further informed that Baloch could soon leave the PML-N as he was already in contact with Pakistan People’s Party.