Top PML-N leader quits in a huff

Published: February 16, 2012
Former PML-N central general secretary Saranjam Khan rejected any prospects of joining another party. PHOTO: FILE

Former PML-N central general secretary Saranjam Khan rejected any prospects of joining another party. PHOTO: FILE


Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) suffered a setback in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as the party’s former central general secretary Saranjam Khan and former provincial president Abdul Subhan Khan along with other members resigned from the party on Wednesday. The group, led by Saranjam, has been at odds with the party’s leadership since December 28, 2010 provincial elections.

“Yes, I have resigned from the party and its basic membership,” Saranjam Khan told The Express Tribune.

Besides him and Abdul Subhan Khan, other party members including former MPA Bahader Khan, Humayun Khan, Rahim Khan Baacha, Gul Faraz Khan and Shahjehan Abdur Rehman have resigned as well.

Saranjam announced holding a convention in Mardan on March 23, to decide their future course of action. It is likely that they will announce another faction of PML in the meeting.

Saranjam rejected any prospects of joining another party, claiming “I am a leaguer first and last, and there is no chance of my joining the Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) or any other party.”

Asked why he parted ways with the party, he said that the PML-N leadership had appointed newcomers as leaders at the provincial level. He was also very vocal against the party’s new provincial general secretary Rehmat Salam Khattak, stating that Khattak had no right to the post since he became a member only a few years back. Saranjam added that their protests against this trend went unheeded by the central leadership. Instead of honouring them, PML-N had sidelined the old guard, forcing them to opt out of the party.

Saranjam Khan had differed with the central leadership over nominations for Mardan district leadership. He had staged a walkout from the PML-N provincial general council meeting in Nishtar Hall in protest against Rehmat Salam Khattak’s appointment.

Saranajam Khan resigned from the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC), while Abdul Subhan Khan refused the seat of PML-N provincial vice president the same day.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2012.


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Reader Comments (9)

  • grinz09
    Feb 16, 2012 - 12:02PM

    I congratulate Mr. Khan on his bold decision.


  • Ali
    Feb 16, 2012 - 12:30PM

    Good, i welcome you if you join PTI.


  • PML N
    Feb 16, 2012 - 1:13PM

    Back stabbing low life scums Javed HAshmi and Siranjam Khan and all the rest who desert the party


  • Neutral
    Feb 16, 2012 - 1:39PM

    Hmmm, I don’t get it. First people accuse PMLN of not appointing new members and using old guns, but when new comers like this Mr. Rehmat Khattak are appointed old members think they are getting sidelined and resign ‘in a huff’. Quick sand situation


  • PMLn
    Feb 16, 2012 - 3:02PM

    Some of their points are valid, but the fact is they hijacked the party in Mardan region and KP.
    They were against the inclusion of Khwaja hoti’s family, Tarakai family and many more…
    Hope all will settle INSHALLAH and they will come again with the concenses INSHALLAH.


  • Malik
    Feb 16, 2012 - 3:57PM

    But the question is that if you have been in party for longer than others, does it give you the automatic right to hold the main slots?


  • Arif Ahmad
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:24AM

    PML(n) is doomed. People will jump the ship fast near to election especially in Punjab because they fear of victimization at this time. There is serious issue of leadership and vision with this party. PML has partnered with Zardari for more than 3 years and helped them to save their own government in Punjab. PML is running government in Punjab due to members of PML Q. PML(n) has also lost steam to PTI and there is no chance of premiership next time. People don’t see any hope there. Let see but it is happening every where.


  • akoonzada
    Feb 21, 2012 - 5:31PM

    After the resgined of The great and sencier leader Mr Abdul subhan PML n Quaite from kpk specialy distt mardan and swabi very sad mian nawaz youe dont have political mind and ialso resigned from pml n and air league of PIA Emplee peshawar zone


  • nazeer khan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:56PM

    pml n is doomed. peoplewill jump the ship fast near to election ecpecially in punjab there is serious issue of leardership and vision with this party let see but it happening every where.


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