PESHAWAR - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Women Wing, former general secretary, Shazia Auranzeb on Tuesday resigned from the party’s basic membership and announced that she would soon join any other political party.

“The leadership of different political parties including PPP, PTI, and ANP is in contact with me, but I have yet to decide about the future line of action,” Shazia said while addressing a news conference here at Peshawar Press Club. “I have quitted PML-N basic membership as I an frustrated with the party central and provincial leadership, despite numerous efforts for party’s growth,” she said. She claimed that she had played integral role for strengthening of PML-N Women Wing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other provinces, especially during the dictatorial regime of former president Pervez Musharraf, when the leadership was on self-imposed exile from the country. She further said the PML-N Women Wing under her supervision also played pivotal role for highlighting key national and international issues. “I would personally salute to all those women workers, who backed and supported me in difficult situation,” she said.

“There is no respect and status for devoted workers in PML-N,” she lamented. Therefore, she said she tendered her resignation over inconvenient and hostile attitude of the central and provincial leaders of the party, because “I would not prefer retaining my position on the basis of merely a piece of paper or document,” she argued.  “I thought that it would be unjust with party women workers, if not provide due rights within party, therefore I had opted to resign my position”, she remarked. Aurangzeb further said that it was the basic obligation of party leadership to respect the devoted workers instead of demoralising them, but it doesn’t happened in the PML-N. “I had tried to settle down bad organisational situation persisted in KPK, she claimed. She, however, added that the PML-N, KPK, President Pir Sabir Shah, GS Rahmat Salam and General Secretary, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra had created hurdles in this regard.  She said she always tried to remove party internal differences and organisational mismanagement so that there should be no impediment for the party in the coming general elections.

She blamed that the party had confronted with deterioration and internal rifts due to party old provincial leaders and new workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

When asked about joining of any political party, she replied she had not decided yet, but leaders of different political parties, including PPP, ANP and PTI making contact with her. “I would take decision very carefully to join any other political party, wherein the workers get due respect and status in the party, she added.