Zafarullah Jamali parts ways with PML-N, resigns from assembly seat

KARACHI: Former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali Thursday parted ways with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) owing to a conflict of opinion with the party head over confrontation with national institutions, according to media reports.

Jamali also announced his resignation from the National Assembly stating that truth is not spoken in the assembly.

According to reports, Jamali had advised PML-N President Nawaz Sharif to avoid confrontation with state institutions.

The former PML-N leader is expected to announce his next course of action after consultation with people of his constituency.

Reports also suggest that he had reservations over policies of the PML-N. He stated that former premier Sharif has failed to change despite a multitude of political developments in the country.

Subsequently, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders have started making efforts to woo Jamali into their folds.

Originally a  PPP supporter, the 73-year-old seasoned politician formally launched his political career in the 1970s from Balochistan. He has also served as chief minister of Balochistan during the late 80s and 90s.

Later, he joined hands with PML-N and then severed ties with the party after the military coup led by former president Pervez Musharraf.

As a Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid leader, he rose to prime minister’s post in 2002 until his resignation in 2004. Until now, he has been a close aide of Nawaz, but recent intra-party differences caused Jamali to disassociate with the ruling party.



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