Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F) resigned from the post of the Chief Whip of the government in the Senate on Friday.
Haideri had been serving in this position from the last two years. However, after the JUI-F decided to break away from the government in the centre, there was pressure on him to resign from his post.
The senator is the third lawmaker of the JUI-F to resign from his position. Earlier, in protest of the sacking of Minister of Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati, the JUI-F had submitted the resignations of two cabinet members to the prime minister including Housing Minister Rehmatullah Kakar and Tourism Minister Maulana Attaur Rehman.
The JUI-F has rejected several reconciliation attempts by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). However the party has decided to not leave the provincial governments in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Nawaz believes in policy of reconciliation
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif on Friday telephoned Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to assure him that his party will not become part of any plan to destabilise the government.
Sources informed that the PML-N chief said that his party believes in a policy of reconciliation, after which the prime minister thanked Sharif for his cooperation with the government.
Sharif also called Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani to discuss political situation in the back drop of his meetings with Maulana Fazalur Rehman.
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