In protest: Jamshed Dasti relinquishes National Assembly seat

Published: June 2, 2011
Dasti says he made the decision over govt inaction to repair damaged dykes.

Dasti says he made the decision over govt inaction to repair damaged dykes.


Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Jamshed Dasti on Wednesday tendered his resignation from the National Assembly in protest over government inaction to repair dykes and embankments in his constituency.

Dasti sent his resignation to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, stating that he had made this decision due to the Punjab government’s negligence in not securing the embankments and dykes of Taliri canal in Muzaffargarh.

Dasti told the media that he tendered his resignation after he did not get any response to the letters he had written to the Punjab government, the irrigation department and the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. “I resign under protest and have also informed the prime minister about my decision,” he said.

Dasti said his constituency was “ruined” because rich feudal lords pressured the Punjab irrigation department not to let the water inundate their farmlands. He also claimed that most of the farmlands occupied by these landlords were official property.

Earlier last year, lawmakers in the National Assembly had called for investigating allegations that some influential landowners “diverted” floodwaters to impoverished villages to save their “illegally grabbed” empires in the bed of River Indus.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 2nd, 2011.

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  • CB Guy
    Jun 1, 2011 - 7:28PM

    Well whats he says is noble, i hope this was indeed the reason and he does not take it back.

    Now on resignation by Dasti, i feel like distributing sweets. He is master in Islamic Studies supposedly and does not know the Exact no Of Surat’s in the Holy Quran, an awesome hypocrite.Recommend

  • Sohail
    Jun 1, 2011 - 7:36PM

    nice nice decision taken by him.. i found such person who’re at least taking care of his area.. salute to that un-educated person who’re at least better than those educated person who don’t care of their people in area from where they won their election. Recommend

  • MAD
    Jun 1, 2011 - 8:18PM

    so another re-election because of Dasti. wonder how much that will cost.Recommend

  • gigyani
    Jun 1, 2011 - 9:59PM

    This just an attention seeking attempt by this histerionic personality. He is very fond of being in the news; I remember his cricketers drama very well. I can give in written that he will take his resignition back. No one in zardari camp has the conscience to resign, for whatever reason; but yes they can always do dramas.Recommend

  • Aafiyat Nazar
    Jun 1, 2011 - 11:12PM

    a drama of PPPRecommend

  • Unbiased
    Jun 1, 2011 - 11:19PM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish……..the guy is a total Idiot of the highest order, second only to those who elected him. I hope he goes back to tilling the lands and milking the cows, that is all he is suitable for.Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Jun 2, 2011 - 12:28AM

    HELL with such “legislators”. Send then to the moon !!!Recommend

  • bored
    Jun 2, 2011 - 1:40AM

    Wow! How can you lie under oath on the Quran? And then after being disqualified get elected again– how can the party give a man of that character a ticket. Just wow, have no words to explain comment on this man and his fakeness! Stop protesting and just quit politics.Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2011 - 7:19AM

    Is it not rather foolish of him that If the Punjab Government does not repair dykes and embankments in the province, then why resign from the National Assembly? Any way a ‘dramae baaz’ like him has no place in representing the people at any forum. Salams.Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2011 - 8:16AM

    after a massive time span he has got it known n decided to resign…PPP being a ruling party deserves best Acting award…state is at the verge of crucial challenges but they r still playin their Aces…hideousRecommend

  • Columbus
    Jun 2, 2011 - 5:04PM

    i once meet a person from his constituency, he said he is known as dasti 14…because of his quick and effective actions for his people, it may not be that he has changed the life standard of people or have made diamonds available for them, but if someone has the knowledge of rural problems which local people face he is very effective…reason thats why he won re election after his disqualification…other issues there but local people love him……Recommend

  • Solgi
    Jul 5, 2011 - 3:10PM

    He lives in hearts of the general publice of constituancy NA-178. He solves initial problems of the poor general public so, that thay elect him and pray for his better future. He tries to solves the problems as rescue service. He knowned in his constituency as 1122Recommend

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