PPP downfall: Aitzaz Ahsan resigns from Senate

Aitzaz Ahsan, Manzoor Watoo, Sherry Rehman, and Yousaf Raza Gilani have resigned from their posts.


Web Desk May 14, 2013
Aitzaz Ahsan claimed the results of the elections were unreal with voter turnout exceeding the number of registered voters. PHOTO: ONLINE

LAHORE:  Senior Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) leader Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan announced his resignation from the Senate, reported Express News on Tuesday. 

After announcing his resignation from the senate, Aitzaz Ahsan said that the resignation should be accepted and the rest of the decisions were in the hands of the party.

Aitzaz Ahsan's wife, Bushra Aitzaz contested and lost elections from the NA-124 constituency against Rohale Asghar, a candidate from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

According to Aitzaz Ahsan, voting results were bizarre as some polling stations had recorded a 150% voter turnout.

Results given by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should be reviewed, he added.

Wattoo resigns 

Similarly Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, president of PPP's central Punjab chapter submitted a letter of resignation to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, accepting failure in delivering his duties.

In the letter addressed to Bilawal, Wattoo listed the problems of water and electricity scarcity, economic instability and media trials as the reasons for defeat.

Other PPP resignations

Sherry Rehman also resigned from her post as the Ambassador the US in a letter to the caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Tuesday.

In 2011, Rehman was appointed as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US after Husain Haqqani resigned in the wake of the Memogate scandal.

Earlier, former prime minister and PPP senior vice president Yousaf Raza Gilani resigned from his senior party position on Monday.

“Someone needs to stand up and accept responsibility and I accept responsibility,” he said.

He made the announcement during a press conference at Multan press club on Monday, two days after his party failed to get a substantive number of seats in the May 11 polls.

Correction: In an earlier version of the article, the name "Rohale" was misspelled as "Raheel". The error has been rectified.

COMMENTS (30)

Muslim Leaguer | 8 years ago | Reply

@ Nida Excellent analysis! Various international magazines had analysed that PMLN will win majority in the upcoming elections. All public perception surveys indicated PMLN's victory.

grunt | 8 years ago | Reply

Good. Now that we're all being so honourable today, how about surrendering that LPG quota in your wife's name?

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