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Muhammad Zubair Resigns from PML-N


Karachi (Monitoring Desk): Muhammad Zubair, the former Governor of Sindh and senior leader of PML-N, has resigned from his party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). He said he will not join any other political group but will announce his future steps soon.

Why did Muhammad Zubair leave PML-N?

The ex-spokesperson of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz said he had long-standing reservations with the party. According to him, due to the power politics of PML-N, he decided some time ago that he would not work with them. On various matters like the vote of no-confidence, the performance of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) over the past 16 months, and the party’s altered stance, Muhammad Zubair expressed his differences with its leadership.

Charges on Party Leadership

Zubair blamed Ishaq Dar for stopping the privatization process in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Steel Mills. The senior politician noted that before handing over this complaint to higher officials within the PMLN hierarchy, he warned them against adopting a policy that seeks to hold on to power at all costs. He also indicated that they abandoned the “Respect the Vote” slogan in favor of rigging elections if necessary to stay in government.

Criticism about Recent Strategies of PMLN Muhammad Zubair 

He suggested that controversial ways based on disputed electoral politics could never be a correct method for governance, as done by PMLN recently, as per Zubair’s statement, while adding democratic processes must be followed to come into power, and they should steal mandate if required, even. Still, it is unacceptable for them to do so. The former governor condemned human rights abuses committed by this political entity along with interference in the judiciary system as well media clampdowns imposed by them.

Leaving Impact

When asked how much damage his quitting would do to the N League? Zubeir responded jokingly, saying, “None”. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s departure also didn’t hurt PMLN much, which means that such resignations have little effect on its ranking, he said further in a lighter vein. He noted that within a party, dissenters are often seen as more disloyal than those who do not express their disagreement openly.

Previous Designations & Contributions

During Nawaz Sharif’s government (2013-18) as PMLN Governor Sindh, Mr Muhammad Zubair served as Chairman of the Privatization Commission, preceded by being a member of the economic, tax reforms, and media committees during 2012-13. Muhammad Zubair is the third leader after Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who have parted ways with PML-N over differences with its leadership.

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