'Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad expected to resign within 48 hours'

Published: March 19, 2015


KARACHI: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad will resign within the next 48 hours, sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune.

The development comes after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar called the governor early Thursday morning.

“The federal government has given him [Ebad] a clear message to tender his resignation. Otherwise, they will remove him from the post forcefully,” sources privy to the development said, adding that the decision would be made in the next 48 hours.

Further, the source added, Ishratul Ebad has begun consultations with friends and constitutional experts over his resignation.

On the other hand, the spokesman for the Governor House denied reports of Ebad’s resignation, saying, “The governor is currently presiding over a meeting and no decision has so far been made about his resignation.”

Ebad, while speaking to Geo Television later in the evening, denied reports of resigning.

“Neither me nor the MQM wants me to resign…,” he said. “There is no pressure on me [to resign]. I am doing my job”

Speculations regarding Ebad’s resignation come hours after death row convict and former MQM worker Saulat Mirza confessed that the Sindh governor provided protection to criminals and party workers in police stations.

Read: Shocking revelations: MQM chief ordered KESC director’s assassination, claims Saulat

The sources went on to add that Ebad is scheduled to go for pilgrimage within the next two days and will resign before he leaves.

According to the video released by a private television channel late on Wednesday, Mirza alleged that he received the order for a ‘hit’ on KESC’s managing director from Altaf while sitting at MQM leader Babar Ghauri’s residence.

Mirza revealed that orders were given on the telephone by the party chief himself. Usually, the party chief would either give orders himself or through the likes of Babar Ghauri.

Earlier, sources told The Express Tribune, the interior ministry is attempting to add the names of senior MQM leaders on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Read: Interior ministry seeks to place senior MQM leaders on ECL: sources

The interior ministry directed airport authorities to monitor the movement of Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, also in bid to bar him from travelling. Although, the ministry reportedly decided against placing his name on the ECL.

When asked an official whether Ebad has been placed on the ECL, he said, “If so, Dr Ibad will be the first sitting governor in Pakistan on the ECL list.”

Ebad is the longest serving governor in the history of Sindh. He assumed charge in 2002 and this is his third term in office as governor Sindh.

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  • Hasan Askari
    Mar 19, 2015 - 6:53PM

    Musharraf served this nation for 50 years and talked about Pakistan First – He is in house arrest situation with countless cases while his extremist enemies Lal Masjid terrorist is a respected man and courrupt chief justice is free. Both getting perks from government

    Ibad the most educated, longest serving governor who united people is now being put on ECL

    And then people ask why muhajirs/urdu speakers support MQM

    InshAllah we will continue supporting them..more are joining. Like past failed attempt this will fail too. Because Allah will take care of you.Recommend

  • Ali Pakistani
    Mar 19, 2015 - 6:55PM

    Clearly military has decided to kill our leaders. Go ahead. Kill Altaf, kill Haider Abbas, kill Babar Ghauri. But always remember “Hum sab Altaf hain”.Recommend

  • NK
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:00PM

    For once I’d like to see actual justice in this country. Not the sort thats doled out to the poor and starving and helpless. but the real kind. Where one of these powerful people who is actually prosecuted if there is any weight to Saulat Mirza’s allegations.

    And i’m not talking about prosecution and persecution of the political kind where every newly elected party starts threatening cases on the ousted opposition in a fit of vengeance and in order to get leverage in new deals.

    And no, a resignation is not sufficient. Neither is exile. If Ghauri and Ebad’s involvement is proven, they should be prosecuted by the state fairly. Only once we start setting examples of a fair justice system that is willing and able to prosecute the rich and powerful will we have any faith and trust in our system, and it will set an example of future wrongdoers.Recommend

  • Shahid Ur Rehman
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:04PM

    If true, it will be the dawn of a new chapter in the history of Karachi and will bring back the glories of Karachi. Ban the party andthe target killing and extortions will diminish drastically within days. Recommend

  • Shahu
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:05PM

    Good job RangerzRecommend

  • Quintessence
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:11PM

    @Ali Pakistani:

    Hey, how much do they pay you at 9-0? How long do you work for MQM on social media?Recommend

  • Ibrar
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:12PM

    What a shame! A man who has been honoured by this country to serve as governor has been protecting criminals. I understand he was in exile and was wanted in connection of some criminal activities but before he returned to take over office the then President of Pakistan had all those cases terminated. God saves our dear country. Recommend

  • emad
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:13PM

    99% percent Pakistanis (puktouns, sindhis, punjabis,balochis and mohajirs) want Karachi to be a criminal free city but for a few in PPP and MQM that want bloodshed. PPP/MQM have been ruling Karachi for decades and what has happened to the security situation?? BTW Altaf has such a bad voice, he should atleast stop trying to sing because as a Pakistan I feel so embarrassed. Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:20PM

    good to see state flexing its muscles. none is more powerful than a paid government sepoy of law enforcement agencies.
    all i m missing is a statement from general musharrafRecommend

  • Aamer Raza
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:46PM

    This is where the PPP’s so-called policy of reconciliation, following Musharraf’s appeasement gets you. When legal system of the state is made subservient to the political whims of the ruling elite, you get these gangs and mafias becoming more and more powerful. It is the first step to stop appeasement for political favors. The next will be to put the foot down on the religious extremists who spawn ideologies of sectarianism and hatred across Pakistan. Next I suppose will be petty criminals who are in the rank and file of even the pacifist political parties just to exert influence locally. Last, but not the least, state should give up its support completely to the likes of Hafiz Saeed and others who want us to be at war with the whole world.
    Road map to a better, Peaceful Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:55PM

    If honorable governor has some shame left, then he should immediately resign and go home.Recommend

  • London boy
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:01PM

    @ Hasan Askari – so if a mohajir target killers kills innocent people that’s justifiedRecommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:04PM

    He wouldn’t come back if he is allowed to leave the country for any reason !!!Recommend

  • umii
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:04PM

    Good move! Salute to our armforcesRecommend

  • Ali
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:11PM

    @Hasan Askari: believe you me Musharraf, Altaf and the rest of the elite of Pakistan are all very very comfortable in their mansions. It is the poor like Saulat Mirza who get disowned after being used and end up getting hanged. I would recommend you relax your mind and also enjoy your life. Rather then being used like a tissue paper. This schizo thinking is being forced onto you for the benefit of the few. Justice should be swift to all criminals whatever Creed or caste they belong to.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:30PM

    Dear friends, murder conspirators involve directly or indirectly or joined hand against a State security etc etc irrespective of their education or political affiliation can’t be over and above law. His name should be on Ecl list n if he is not guilty then fight his case inside Pakistan n once get cleared from courts, welcome to go for hajj etc.Recommend

  • AK
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:32PM

    The Ex Governor should not be allowed to leave Pakistan. What he was doing in office for the last 12 years and everything was happening under his nose.Recommend

  • Khalid
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:34PM

    He is a British citizen, so messing with him will be messing with fire. I know everyone on this list the minute they get a visa or immigration to UK will leave.Recommend

  • Ray
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:39PM

    Everybody criticized Zulfiqar Mirza when he said exactly the same things that MQM was a criminal gang and their head was Ibad sitting in governor ‘s office protecting criminals. He has not been governor because he loves Pakistan but he wants to make sure criminals have alibi and they have access to the top. Everyone though ZM was crazy and he hated MQM…I guess Sault Mirza must have been paid ZM to make these statements? because he said the same things and everyone else has said the same things many times over.Recommend

  • IY
    Mar 19, 2015 - 9:40PM

    All criminals must be treated as criminals. How can you justify target killing and extortion? Being affilaited to a political party does not mean that your criminal acts are justifiable. YRecommend

  • Radiohead
    Mar 19, 2015 - 10:00PM

    @Hassan Askari
    @All Pakistani

    Could not agree with you more.Recommend

  • Karachite
    Mar 19, 2015 - 10:02PM

    If we can get rid of this mafia’s strangle hold and reign of absolute terror on Karachi, this city will drive Pakistan to prosperity.

    The next challenge is to deal with the corruption and incompetance of the PPP

    Pakistan and (long suffering) Karachites ZindabadRecommend

  • Karachite
    Mar 19, 2015 - 10:25PM

    @Hasan Askari:

    I am a Karachite and we are sick of MQM.

    Our forefathers made great sacrifice for this great country, not for target killing, bhatta, shutter down strike, ethnic division.

    Sorry mate, but I dont consider myself a muhajir – I am Pakistani and proud and want my Karachi to get back to what it was pre MQM, a peaceful city where anyone could come and earn an honest living, a peaceful centre of enterprise, knowledge and entertainment.Recommend

  • Mushtaq
    Mar 19, 2015 - 10:55PM

    Governor has refused to resign. The PML N is willing to bring its own person. lets see where the wind is blowing Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 19, 2015 - 10:56PM

    What………….aaagain !Recommend

  • Naek
    Mar 19, 2015 - 11:20PM

    How the PML N government will defend a governor who has now become controversial after the confessional statement by Saulat Mirza. If governor is not removed than there will be no justification to hold MQM leadership and its members responsible in the KESC MD murder case etc. Governor’s removal is test case for Sharif brothers and its likeminded people.Recommend

  • G Gujjar
    Mar 19, 2015 - 11:28PM

    The MQM story is going to end, the revelation against PPP will start unfolding now!Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Mar 20, 2015 - 12:17AM

    @Ali Pakistani

    You and your party is in killing business,don’t blame others..Recommend

  • hasnain
    Mar 20, 2015 - 12:35AM

    your dream will not come true. Dr Ebad is more appropriate to federal govt than othersRecommend

  • marya
    Mar 20, 2015 - 12:39AM

    Lft. R Ghulam Qadir Baloch is the strong candidate of PMLN for this position. Even PPP will not oppose his name. No Sindhi and Urdu, but Baloch will run the show in SindhRecommend

  • namaloom
    Mar 20, 2015 - 9:06AM

    @ Hasan Askari

    Can you shed light on the reason why he is put on ECL list. you never talked about target killer etc and wht he did not here or any other thread on ET.Recommend

    Mar 20, 2015 - 9:21AM

    It is time and it is sensible to RUN NOW; go back to your country- UK; There almost all criminals have been given refuge, so go there and stay there.. RUN NOW; before you end up somewhere from where you may never come out. ALTOO trash is bad news, stay away and will sink into the ground, DONT sink with him.Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 20, 2015 - 9:46AM

    enough is enough. Another unbiased person must be given opportunity because incumbent governor has failed to deliveredRecommend

  • Rabica Arsalan
    Mar 20, 2015 - 10:05AM

    Please try to understand governor is no more MQM nominee. Neither he is in good books of the party. The bigwigs in real power corridors who run the country in true sense jointly with international players had given him chance to rule in Sindh.Now, they have changed their mind and Dr. Ebad has to give upRecommend

  • Zain
    Mar 20, 2015 - 10:22AM

    I have recently heard the news and will distribute the sweet when he steps down. At least, I have started my day with a good news todayRecommend

  • Halima
    Mar 20, 2015 - 11:43AM

    Clarification: Governor himself has announced that he would not resign and leave the countryRecommend

  • Mustafa
    Mar 20, 2015 - 11:50AM

    Being a social activist I once met him. He is a man of stature and should not resign. We need people like Dr. Ishratul Ebad who does not influence in governance matters rather he works under certain parameters set by our constitution. Recommend

  • Hallar
    Mar 20, 2015 - 12:30PM

    Please stop advocating and supporting a man who had been implicated in a number of criminal cases.His credibility is at stake. Further Saulat Mirza has exposed him. Are you still for him?Recommend

  • saeed
    Mar 20, 2015 - 1:21PM

    PPP govt has recommended three names to federal govt for governor in Sindh. Hope Dr Ebad will be relieved soonRecommend

  • Mustafa
    Mar 20, 2015 - 1:40PM

    Im for him because he is not feudal, cruel and corrupt. Recommend

  • Arshi
    Mar 20, 2015 - 2:21PM

    Saulat’s statement is bombshell drooped on Governor. There is no moral ground for him to continue the job Recommend

  • Kala Khan
    Mar 21, 2015 - 9:50AM
  • Karachi needs Karachiwalas
    Mar 21, 2015 - 9:31PM

    We don’t want to be governed by other provinces, period. Earlier attempt caused the country size to have shrunk already in 1971. I only wish that Punjab learns from its high headedness and be FAIR instead of targeting one particular party.Recommend

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