Another political tremor: Qureshi departs in a blaze of glory

Published: November 15, 2011
Former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is seen leaving the Parliament House after announcing his decision to quit the PPP and resign from the National Assembly. PHOTO: INP

Former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is seen leaving the Parliament House after announcing his decision to quit the PPP and resign from the National Assembly. PHOTO: INP


While the move was expected, it was finally executed to create maximum political damage. 

Former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday quit both his National Assembly seat and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) amid rapidly unfolding changes to the country’s political landscape – bowing out with a searing speech against his former party members, in particular President Asif Ali Zardari.

Qureshi also called for other parliamentarians, particularly the opposition, to resign en-masse from the assemblies.

While announcing his resignation, Qureshi, once a contender for premiership after the 2008 elections, said the PPP has “buried Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s vision”. Qureshi said today’s PPP had become the “Zardari League” since, “All those who betrayed Shaheed BB in her life are now close to President Zardari”.

While making the announcement to end his over two-decade affiliation with the PPP, Qureshi, however did not disclose his future line of action. “I will announce my political future on November 27 in Ghotki,” he added.

Qureshi made this announcement outside the Parliament House after the first day of the 36th session of the current National Assembly was adjourned following a brief sitting to pay homage to PPP’s former chairperson the late Begum Nusrat Bhutto. Qureshi said he had wanted to make the announcement on the floor of the house but was not given the opportunity.

Qureshi also urged the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take suo motu notice and probe the much talked about secret message allegedly delivered by Pakistani-American ‘businessman’ Mansoor Ijaz, to US officials on behalf of President Zardari.

While commenting on the policies of PPP’s Co-chairman, Qureshi said “President Zardari is pursuing the politics of capitulation and has converted the doctrine of reconciliation, a salient feature of BB’s politics into a doctrine of political perpetuation.”

Qureshi also criticised the PPP’s alliance with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) saying, “The alliance with the PML-Q is a negation of the Charter of Democracy (CoD).”

Qureshi also clarified that he himself had declined to join the federal cabinet in February this year.


The reaction from the PPP to Qureshi’s resignation was swift and brutal. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Monday that Qureshi had written his political obituary and political wilderness was his destiny.

Dr Firdous said that his resignation from the assembly in such a manner was nothing less than a suicide attack on the democratic set-up. She said that he was physically with the PPP but mentally was following his mentor Ziaul Haq who had brought him to the political arena.

Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa was equally critical of Qureshi, saying people like him only lusted after power. He said that Qureshi was going to leave the PPP when Musharraf offered him a cabinet position but the deal did not go through only because the ministry was awarded to Faisal Saleh Hayat instead.

Dr Akhtar Malik, part of a purported PPP forward bloc in the Punjab Assembly that is supporting Qureshi, said that the PPP had become a self-centred party that had lost its worth. He said that he was now awaiting Qureshi’s directions before making his next move.

(With additional input from APP)

Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • F Khan
    Nov 15, 2011 - 6:44AM

    This could be the beginning of the end of ppp coalition.


  • Nov 15, 2011 - 7:37AM

    Well done Shah Mahmood Qureishi. The move is well-timed and hoping Imran will see more of ‘light of the day and darkness of night’ in the implementation of his policies.

    Imran Khan! This is a feather in your cap. There is a law and you stood by it. That’s what is very important. The way has been by pioneered S M Qureshi and is a proud moment for all of us. Let’s hope that your cap becomes a “cocktail” of multi-colered feathers.

    Salams to Pakistan and your party


  • Not me
    Nov 15, 2011 - 8:24AM

    I have respect for Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the decision he has taken. There is much more to life than being a Minister and being pushed around by a person who evidently does not have a degree.

    What impact it will have on PTI: well for one it has one big name which enjoys respect for being competent and honest.He will bring some traction to PTI in South Punjab. PPP will loose out in South Punjab as 5000 votes per 10–15 constituency which Shah Mahmood can steer off will hurt.


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 15, 2011 - 8:41AM

    A Highly Qualified “Turncoat” with legend behind him and has forefathers. You won’t get that glory and grace which you had in PPP. Raymond Davis left Pakistan and so did you came out of the pedigreed farm. Establishment uses someone for a certain period. Sincerity is something which counts most. Ultimately all will be exposed about who is wheeling and dealing in this trade of turncoats.


  • Pundit
    Nov 15, 2011 - 8:59AM

    “Another political tremor: Qureshi departs in a blaze of glory”

    Where is the blaze of glory?


  • kamran
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:46AM

    Shah mehmood qureshi after enjoyment of 3 year as FM and part of PPP team i question PTI on what performance PTI offer him to join PTI

    -Did shah sahib stop drone attack
    -Did shah sahib solve the kashmir issue
    -Did shah sahib solve the water problem from india
    -Any one acievement made by shah sahib

    Its very clear imran only want to win election with heavy weights his saying that he will bring change is only solagan like obama did.Recommend

  • Adeel759
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:53AM

    A stronger tremor is in the making, in matter of days Speaker National Assembly, Dr Fehmida resigns. That Would come as a shocker to zardari and Co.Recommend

  • maz3tt
    Nov 15, 2011 - 10:28AM

    i question Imran Khan for this move .


  • Ahmer Ali
    Nov 15, 2011 - 10:40AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Much the best decision taken by Shah Mehmood Qureshi (S.M.Q.) on the most exact time because PPPP’s leadership has lost its popularity and has badly failed to accommodate and facilitate the nation especially common/poor man and has made Pakistan’s economical and financial conditions the most ever worst than any regime in the past.Recommend

  • syed Imran
    Nov 15, 2011 - 10:59AM

    Shah Sahib a very welcome decision. Recommend

  • Amazed
    Nov 15, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Express Tribune, for once be focused and simple! :)


  • Nine-Zero Karachi
    Nov 15, 2011 - 11:08AM

    Liar, liar, pants on fire !! SMQ is turning out to be another opportunistic politician. Why didn’t he join PTI before the jalsa? His lies are making his face grow fatter and fatter. Just look at the photo :-)


  • Asim Malik
    Nov 15, 2011 - 11:51AM

    “Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa was equally critical of Qureshi, saying people like him only lusted after power”

    I think he resigned from Foreign Minister himself due to lapses in foreign policies.


  • positive pakistani
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:59PM

    I don’t understand the open support and political inclination of Latif Khosa towards PPP.


  • TheHunterminator
    Nov 15, 2011 - 3:17PM

    @F Khan It s not just The Beginning of The End off coalition but to ppp’s existence. Now its sure ppp is not coming back in govt Thanks to Allah for such mercy

    PTI zindabad Pakistan zindabad


  • sana naeem
    Nov 15, 2011 - 3:29PM

    if he remained FM, he wldnt have found faults with ppp. will he apologise 4 defending karry lugar bill. his son worked with sen.karry in his office. now he thinks he will form his own party b/c he has a bigger stature than imran. he has already ditched pml, ppp. what to expect .. some things never change. he aint a hero, he z a opportunist.Recommend

  • Badshah
    Nov 15, 2011 - 3:32PM

    It saddened me seee that Express Tribune made such a ludicrous headline: “Another political tremor: Qureshi departs in a blaze of glory”! How come it’s a tremor? Qureshi had laready left the PPP now he just made an announcement of leaving the party’s basic membership! He was never a member of the core group of the PPP. How come his announcement of leaving the PPP is a tremor??????


  • tak
    Nov 15, 2011 - 5:00PM

    I suppose, it’s a good move.


  • Ali
    Nov 16, 2011 - 5:03AM

    Son of zulfiqar Ali Bhutto rise


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