Shah Mehmood Qureshi resigns from PPP, National Assembly

Published: November 14, 2011
President Asif Ali Zardari is now seeking help from those people who had hurt Benazir Bhutto, says Qureshi. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

President Asif Ali Zardari is now seeking help from those people who had hurt Benazir Bhutto, says Qureshi. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi resigned from his posts in Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the National Assembly on Monday, reported Express 24/7.

While talking to the media outside the Parliament House, Qureshi said that even though the police and all the relevant agencies were under the government, the murderers of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had still not been captured. He said that the people who turned their backs on former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto can now be seen sitting in the National Assembly.

He said that President Zardari has lost the vision that Benazir Bhutto held. She was a symbol of resistance against dictatorship and against unconstitutional rule but President Zardari has capitulated to the internal and external pressures.

He added that President Asif Ali Zardari is now seeking help from those people who had hurt Benazir Bhutto.

“I had joined the PPP under Benazir Bhutto’s leadership, but this is not the same party anymore, it is Zardari’s league,” he said.

Qureshi said that he would announce his future political plans on November 27 in Gotki. He said that he will demand all the people in power to step down and will call for new elections under an independent election commission.

Qureshi had been in the PPP for the past 20 years.

Earlier it was reported that Qureshi was planning to join the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) ranks. According to sources, Qureshi was expected to resign his membership to the National Assembly before joining the party.

In a more recent report in The Express Tribune, sources suggested Qureshi has apparently not finished negotiating with the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz as well.

Resignation of few people from PPP does not harm it: Raja Pervez Ashraf

Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf, responding to Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s resignation from the PPP and NA, said that the people who keep dwindling from one party to another are never considered a true part of the party by the PPP.

While speaking to the media in Islamabad on Monday, he said, “Qureshi was with Nawaz Sharif, then he joined us, and now he’s leaving us too… One should have a reason for leaving a party.”

He added that the PPP is a huge party and is present all over Pakistan. “Resignation of a few people from the party does not harm it.”

Ashraf said the current coalition government is Benazir Bhutto’s vision and the elections will be held on time. “It is not only important for the PPP, but it is also important for entire political democratic system in Pakistan that the current government completes its tenure.”


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  • Word Life
    Nov 14, 2011 - 6:33PM

    Bravo, Shah from Multan !


  • Nov 14, 2011 - 6:33PM

    Respects.. and salutes..


  • Imran
    Nov 14, 2011 - 6:34PM

    Good riddance!


  • Acorn Guts
    Nov 14, 2011 - 6:39PM

    Good, Pakistan’s politics need this reshuffling else we would just end up voting for the same faces in the same old parties.


  • saeed
    Nov 14, 2011 - 6:42PM

    Shah sahab we salute your courage on Raymond Davis stood by your zameer…Welcome to the party of revolution PTI….Inshallah the good time of Pakistanis are near…I am very happy…


  • Sam
    Nov 14, 2011 - 6:43PM

    Shah Ji great. Pakistanis want you to join PTI.


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Nov 14, 2011 - 6:45PM

    Everything would have been fine, if Zardari had kept you as foreign minister.


  • Anti
    Nov 14, 2011 - 6:48PM

    After Visit of General Zameer Qureshi Saab resigned.


  • faraz
    Nov 14, 2011 - 6:48PM

    Now PTI fans should remove the picture from their Facebook profiles where his head is in contact with that of chachi Hilary


  • Ahmad
    Nov 14, 2011 - 6:49PM

    its TOO late for him

    after Enjoying term , READY for NEXT elections


  • Maryam
    Nov 14, 2011 - 6:50PM

    Sajjad Nasheen from Multan is now ready to join PTI. As soon as he join PTI, his face will be considered New. Hilariously, he is the same old foreign minister who imran khan and Media often called US foreign minister to Pakistan because of his long stays at Washington DC :)


  • Anti
    Nov 14, 2011 - 7:09PM

    LOL… you are dam right.


  • BABA
    Nov 14, 2011 - 7:13PM

    Cant be more better timed …………….


  • Kung
    Nov 14, 2011 - 7:18PM

    Shah Mehmood welcome to PTI..We salute ur courage on Raymond Davis issue. As for those saying PTI should only field new candidates, PTI has to be feild 1000 candidates in next elections and of course majority of them will be new candidates. Watch the following video where Imran Khan clarifies this.


  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Nov 14, 2011 - 7:30PM

    Bold step that can change the pakistan politics heat now and I wish to good luck for S M Qurachi near in the future.He is a man of principals and has been good for pakistan.Such a Bravo…..


  • s ahmed
    Nov 14, 2011 - 7:43PM

    Dear Mr Shah Mehmood Qureshi,
    Come forward and join Imran Khan and make Great Pakistan (GP).

    S Ahmed
    London (England)Recommend

  • Mirza
    Nov 14, 2011 - 7:50PM

    Shah is looking for his pound of flesh from both PML-N and PTI. Let us see who offers him more! Another religious leader in the market for the highest bidder. He would only be cleansed if he joins PTI.


  • Not me
    Nov 14, 2011 - 7:50PM

    It will be difficult choice for him to make : PTI or PLM-N

    My gut feel is he will join PML-N and that will be a good decision.

    PTI needs to mature, have policy papers out. Where is the manifesto?. Imran Khan is a very good option as a leader but can one risk the future of the country on a person who has not even been a minister?.


  • Maryam
    Nov 14, 2011 - 7:53PM

    @faraz: So true :)


  • A J Khan
    Nov 14, 2011 - 7:56PM

    If people like Shah Mehmud join PTI then what will be the difference between PPP and PTI?
    Does anyone think that Shah Mehmud left PPP because of corruption or Government has not been able to catch the murderers of Benazir???
    No === He left PPP when he was not accommodated in the Cabinet.Recommend

  • lahore youth
    Nov 14, 2011 - 8:00PM

    Shah saab is a good and honest man ..I m waiting the Announcement to join neat and clean PTI ….


  • Desperado
    Nov 14, 2011 - 8:02PM

    Shah Mehmood Karo Elan, I am joining Imran!!


  • abdul sattar
    Nov 14, 2011 - 8:03PM

    Mr.qureshi,u have a blender today.this was the repeat of ur decision when u quit PLM(N).u r the son of that family who sacrifies heads.just for a ministry u turn history will rool u like a rooling stone.


  • rational
    Nov 14, 2011 - 8:08PM

    raja pervez ashraf better answer questions regarding electricity and rental powers Recommend

  • Nov 14, 2011 - 8:27PM

    politice in pakistan is not anoly on the bass of theroy but allso has been around the persnality and selafe intrested therefore shah and his politice is also selafe intreste when he was the foreighn minister evry things were in right but mr zardari demand to leave the foreighn ministary due indually statement on the some foreighn affairs so shah is the same politicion as well as others in pakistan as student of political science i thank with out theroy politice is the state busniss and this busniss is very dangrious for the coming new decades so this kind of politice now should be closed from the plante of the land.


  • Midhat
    Nov 14, 2011 - 8:42PM

    @Not me

    Imran Khan is a very good option as a leader but can one risk the future of the country on a person who has not even been a minister?.

    Isnt our present being messed up by Our current experienced leaders..??
    You may like Imran Khan or not, but to be honest we dont have a better option than Him

  • Maulana Sandwitch
    Nov 14, 2011 - 8:48PM

    We are proud of you.You remained with Zardari for more than 3 years.Your father was also a great patriot who remained a Governor with Mard E Momin,who hanged father of Benazir.You were then also a patriot once you started your career with PML(N).Through a conspiracy your brother lost the seat which you had vacated,in by elections of 2008.PTI needs Ghairatmand like you and Masood Sharif.Do not care about the comments of liberal fascists and agents of RAW,MOSSAD,CIA,YAHOOD,HANOOD and JiyalasRecommend

  • Bilal
    Nov 14, 2011 - 9:02PM

    The PPP does not need turncoats like him.Recommend

  • Anti
    Nov 14, 2011 - 9:21PM

    Nice idea… if our present is messed up let the future be…
    Keep it up


  • zalim singh
    Nov 14, 2011 - 9:28PM

    Zardari is the best pakistan has.


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Nov 14, 2011 - 9:31PM

    Election commission should announce bye election immediately. Its real opportunity to test PTI’s popularity.


  • Ali
    Nov 14, 2011 - 9:42PM

    “Qureshi was with Nawaz Sharif, then he joined us, and now he’s leaving us too… One should have a reason for leaving a party.”


  • Anti
    Nov 14, 2011 - 9:55PM


    What a joke…


  • ullo
    Nov 14, 2011 - 10:04PM

    @nazir alam: good english


  • Mohammd Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 14, 2011 - 10:05PM

    As a student of political science, my opinion is that Shah Mahmood Qureshi has taken a right decision at the right time.

    Those who are surrounding Mr. Asif Ali Zardari will turn their back once Mr. Asif Ali Zardari will be out of power.

    Their was a little gap after the assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and the date on which the elections were held i.e. December 27, 2007 and February 18, 2008.

    Had there been more time for the PPP candidates they would have been divided into bits and pieces, but the PPP candidates were not left with any choice, except to follow Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, who was made Co-Chairperson of PPP after Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

    After all these people wanted to be the Members of the National and Provincial Assemblies, Senate and Provincial and Federal Ministers.


  • Nov 14, 2011 - 10:09PM

    GOOD GESTURES; It is a matter of great pleasure that almost all the old and sincere partymen of PPP are leaving Zardari and his companions. If we put a glance, at the very inception, how Zardari ousted the real and sincere partymen and slowly slowly, he ousted almost all the old and gold partymen like Zulfiqar Mirza, Sheri Rehman, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and many others. Where is PPP. Who are actual PPP workers/partymen. Drama is going on. Surprisingly, Mr.Khosa, Raja Pervez Ashraf and many others who are enjoying rule, are speaking about Zardari and showing their loyalities with him. How long they are sincere and dear, they should ask this question to themselves? Practically, the rulers are passing days. Insahallah time is coming when only few persons will remain and the people will see that they are nor were partymen of PPP, rather they are working on daily wages. Every day will bring a change and Inshallah God Almighty will save this country. The rulers who are claiming loyality with Zardari are factually passing their days, otherwise nothing.


  • Nauman
    Nov 14, 2011 - 11:26PM

    @Maryam & all!
    This is the dilemma about Pakistan and the general public of this country that we continue to give opportunities to people who are upright and with clear conscience but as soon as we they come in power, we put trash on their faces and start asking them to leave the country. Imran Khan was a good ex-cricketer and a social worker, let him be! It is never necessary that we introduce him as a head of state and then bash him up after few months. Let’s not lose our respect for him. Let him stay as a savior not a leader.
    That’s irrelervant.
    Thank you,


  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:06AM

    Peoples Party has given up its ideals and its principles. It is a party of cheats, people with no sense of honor or commitment. The present group has been tasked to see that the chrisma behind Bhutto name is broken. The tales of corruption of the oligharchs who control the party put Mobutus or Marcos’s to shame.

    Mr. Qureshi is right is saying good bye to this party without soul.


  • Usman Zafar
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:11AM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi will Join PML N. Imran Khan has diminished his image by accepting PML-Q Turncoats who have ruined the Country when they were with Musharaf. Now the same Turncoats are joining PTI. Imran khan has left his politics of Principle by accepting time and tested candidates. Shahbaz sharif has been one of the Best Chief Minister of pakistan . His Hardwork ,Devotion and dedication was even recognized Internationally in number of forums. During flood Days when MR Zardari was visting his palace in France. It was Shahbaz sharif who visted Every nook and corner of punjab. During Dengue Epdemic he took extra pain and visted hospitals round the clock. Even Expansion and Mega projects were completed on time because of his strict administration. Kalma Chowk project was completed in record time. Ring road Project has given a new lease of Life to Congested Lahore Traffic. Now a days Canal Road expansion project is being carried out with a Fast pace in three shifts 24/7. How can Lahorites forget PML-N ??? The Face of Lahore which appears now is all Due to PML N. The work they have carried out in Lahore no one has ever carried out in past. One Rally of PTI cant dent PML-N in Lahore. For All of Lahorites including Loin still Rules……..


  • khan
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:27AM

    Sultan of Multan !


  • Hamid
    Nov 15, 2011 - 1:34AM

    I respect that. Great Decision. I hope he joins PTI


  • kashif
    Nov 15, 2011 - 2:08AM

    @Maryam: Imran Khan never called Shah M Qureshi an american foreign minister. Please investigate before u post ur comment. Ur comment is baseless & without any proof.


  • T Khan
    Nov 15, 2011 - 2:52AM

    President Zardari has lost the vision that Benazir Bhutto held. She was a symbol of resistance against dictatorship*
    A dictator is what president Zardari is anyway.
    It amazes me that people define a dictator as a man in uniform, we have had civilians that have taken the word to newer heights and they are acceptable just because they have the great quality that they never really served the country in any way shape or form. At least a military dictator normally has done his time in the security forces and has had a part in our country’s safe guarding. These civilian dictators are on top of everything else very much likely to be traitors as well….something that no one from our Army normally is. Army might have its own agendas but they are basically rooted in protection of our country and its borders not individual families and bank accounts Recommend

  • Sao Lao
    Nov 15, 2011 - 3:37AM

    Welcome to PTI


  • F Khan
    Nov 15, 2011 - 5:54AM

    I think that was a good decision. It was correct one because he did not wanted to be a part of this corrupt set up and also it is morally done well as he has resigned from the MNA seat.So there is nothing wrong in it. IK will get entry into south punjab (saraiki belt). How dangerous it could be for PPP? Follow the news that AZ has called a meeting to discuss it in a core party leaders meeting. Anything which gives hope of this dirty reconciliation coalition setup looming near is a good omen for any pakistani.


  • Nov 15, 2011 - 11:19AM

    @F KHAN. Really you have given very good remarks. I endorse your views.


  • Soho
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:13PM

    @zalim singh:
    Best what? If you meant a leader then God Help Pakistan! Nonetheless, considering he’s the only true liberal, I’ll take him. No choice, what a shame! Sad reality!!!


  • Faisal
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:04PM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi has no worth left in politics. Infact he is a traitor who turned against his party when he was asked to quit Foreign Ministry. If he can leave PPP, a party that gave him name, fame and recognition, he can deceive anyone. He is no more trustable. Religious leaders, turncoats and remnants of Military Dictator Mush, all are clean and good fit in PTI. If they were not clean, then they would be after joining PTI. It is like an antiseptic bath which washes away the lifelong dirt on turncoats. Shah Qureshi was not given the ministry by PPP. He did not resign prior to that but after it.Recommend

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