Disgruntled jiyala: PPP Balochistan chief quits post

Published: May 22, 2013
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Women voters, one (C) holding an election flyer for the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), wait for their turn to cast their vote at a polling station in Karachi May 11, 2013.  PHOTO: REUTERS

Women voters, one (C) holding an election flyer for the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), wait for their turn to cast their vote at a polling station in Karachi May 11, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTA: 

Provincial president of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Mir Saddiq Umrani on Tuesday resigned from his post on account of grievances against leadership.

Umrani said he stays loyal to the ideology of slain leader Benazir Bhutto and would continue her mission in the party he has been affiliated with for the past 33 years.

Talking to journalists, Umrani said he had tendered his resignation to party’s chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and President Asif Ali Zardari. Umrani said incompetence of party leadership led to his resignation. “The party leadership did nothing to resolve the issues of Balochistan when it came to power in 2008,” Umrani said.

“Wrong policies of PPP led to its defeat in the province,” he said. He also accused the election commission of changing the final result of PB-28, leading to his defeat in the polls and murder of dozens of voters by unknown persons.

He said that many polling stations came under attack in his constituency and his voters were kept away from the polling process, adding that 90% of women were kept away from voting and he had registered FIRs in many police stations.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 22nd, 2013.

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