Wahab quits as PPP information secretary

Published: February 19, 2011
The PPP spokeswoman said recently that Raymond Davis has diplomatic immunity. PHOTO: FILE/ONLINE

The PPP spokeswoman said recently that Raymond Davis has diplomatic immunity. PHOTO: FILE/ONLINE


Amidst rumours swirling around her status, Fauzia Wahab resigned from the position of information secretary of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Saturday.

Addressing the media during a visit to the PPP Media Cell, Wahab did not expand on the reasons for her exit, saying only that she had tendered her resignation due to personal reasons. Wahab did, however, stress that her controversial comment regarding US national Raymond Davis – who, she said, was a diplomat and hence had immunity under the law – was her “personal opinion and did not reflect party policy.”

She said that, following her statement at the Karachi Press Club, someone filed a petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) and she was issued notice to appear before the court and record her statement. “It is better to resign rather than to go to record my statement before the Lahore High Court,” she said.

However, Wahab said that she will continue to work with the PPP.

When asked about her absence from the recent PPP core committee meeting, said that her statement regarding Davis was not on the agenda hence the party did not call her.

Earlier, there had been reports that Wahab had been dismissed from her post and that former information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira had been appointed in her place.

However, these reports were not corroborated by the presidential spokesperson.

Yet, on Saturday, Kaira’s appointment to the post was confirmed following Wahab’s resignation through an intra-party notification issued with the approval of President Asif Ali Zardari.

Kaira has also been appointed a member of the PPP Central Executive Committee.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 20th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Commoner
    Feb 19, 2011 - 7:34PM

    Good riddance!Recommend

  • Qasim Alvi
    Feb 19, 2011 - 7:44PM

    You stood by your statement and resigned which is also a first. How many resign in Pakistan? They are only removed and then they become heroes. Wish you the very bestRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Feb 19, 2011 - 9:47PM

    The damage has already been done, making cosmetic changes to appease the masses will not help Zardari. The Govt. of PPP has exposed it self as a party who’s policy is dictated by foreign Leaders. If the PML-N and the Mullas decide to have a show down, then this would be the end of PPP. Zardari’s short sightedness and quick-fix ideas was never a smart way to run the country. Thanks Mr. Co-chairman.Recommend

  • Guppoo
    Feb 19, 2011 - 10:32PM

    Good riddance!Recommend

  • Bilal saleemi
    Feb 19, 2011 - 10:42PM

    its a straight case of murder why our politicians are mishandling it.nobody have immunity for murder charges by the lawRecommend

  • Ahmed Mian
    Feb 19, 2011 - 11:22PM

    “so why argue and why are we risking our overall good reputation before the rest of the world?” don’t joke around!! because of one agent we have too much upside down people are resigning and some are forced to resign.. just because of no Governance .. Allah help our country and the people of the country to come forward and make it an ideal / model islamic state .. InshAllahRecommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Feb 19, 2011 - 11:23PM

    I feel what Davis did was right. He removed two would be thieves and for that we should be grateful.Recommend

  • Nasir Jamal
    Feb 19, 2011 - 11:27PM

    The statement by Fauzia Wahab was uncalled for. It is good for the peoples party itself that she has resigned. Raymond Davis case has been grossly mishandled by “Pakistanis”. Pakistanis always get carried away by emotions. They never care to think about issues by taking into considerations all the pros and cons.

    Sooner or later Raymond Davis will have to be released. As far as the immunity is concerned it should be decided by the courts. The sooner it is done the better for the country.Recommend

    Feb 19, 2011 - 11:30PM

    Good Reply………..Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Feb 20, 2011 - 12:32AM

    What a silly thing to do!

    Fauzia Wahab is a voice of sanity, distinct from all the frenzied shrieks.

    If you have facts to back what you stand for then you don’t let nothing to change your position. Truth must prevail over any amount of opposition. Fact is that Pakistan is a signatory to Viena Convention which binds it, when those conventions oblige us to comply then we must and we will. Of course, there will be settlement with heirs of the victims and that’s that. Recommend

  • SA
    Feb 20, 2011 - 12:33AM

    Great news!!Recommend

  • Feb 20, 2011 - 1:20AM

    What a bunch of jokers…Two days ago television was reporting that fozia wahab had been sacked and qamar zaman kaira was the new information secretary.

    Now they have belatedly remembered to get her to ‘resign’ and save some face.

    This government is a joke.Recommend

  • Adanir
    Feb 20, 2011 - 2:47AM

    @Bilal Saleemi- As unfortunate as this may be, the conventions that our country has signed grants diplomats with immunity. Be it rape or murder. Doesn’t matter.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Feb 20, 2011 - 6:03AM

    so those two guys that davis shot were they thieves or not?Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Feb 20, 2011 - 9:29AM

    Too little to late, The damage to the PPP Govt has already been done, The confusion demonstrated by PPP Govt. in handling the case of Raymond Davis has diminished their chance in winning the next election, I believe Fauzia Wahab was scaraficed to cover the mistakes of Big Boys. President Zardari’s short sighted and quick-fix policies have harmed the party more then helped. His Pro American stance may cause more problem for the the PPP and Pakistan then what he may have bargained for. Recommend

  • bibii
    Feb 20, 2011 - 9:50AM

    Wahab is right…give him diplomatic immunity and let him go…Pakistan has bigger problems!Recommend

  • Feb 20, 2011 - 10:43AM

    Only those can help PPP to grow and get popular with the people, who can say NO to what they think to be wrong.Fouzia was not one of them.She was too much of a ‘YES LADY’.Her exit will bring the leadership of the party closer to ground realities.Recommend

  • Kashif Umar
    Feb 20, 2011 - 1:24PM

    Why believe in media which just is in the thick of giving our breaking news. Fauzia Wahab has resigned and only then the PPP has appointed a new Information Secretary.

    In Pakistan, people who speak the truth are not needed. You have to be politically correct even though you are not truthful. She has said what she said and is sticking with it. In Pakistan people become heroes once they have been booted out. Here she has honorably resigned. Recommend

  • shah sufi
    Feb 20, 2011 - 1:29PM

    Good riddance, and good bye.Recommend

  • fahad
    Feb 20, 2011 - 4:17PM

    good riddance,
    personal opinion???she’s on media as a spokesperson for the party and giving personal opinions???very irrelevant…..Recommend

  • Jawwad Sheikh
    Feb 21, 2011 - 2:12PM

    @fahad: You are right she was representative member of the party and giving personal opinions, in front of the whole world, but this is not the good riddance because the other one who will take her place has same temperament {:-)Recommend

  • Haroon S Khan
    Feb 21, 2011 - 6:00PM

    “It is better to resign rather than to go to record my statement before the Lahore High Court,” Another petition should be filed for this statement. Is our judicial system so absurd that a government servant at such a high post states this obnoxious statement about courts? Recommend

  • Malik
    Feb 22, 2011 - 2:58PM

    so will their be disciplinary action against her too Recommend

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