Punjab, KP governors decide to resign voluntarily ahead of PTI govt

  • Rafique Rajwana and Iqbal Zafar Jhagra say they do not want to create trouble for new government

LAHORE – In what appears to be a bold decision, the governors of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have mutually decided to resign from the office days before the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is set to form government in center.

Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana and KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, who were appointed by then government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), will sent their resignations to President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday, local media reported.

The governors are of view that they did not want to create any troubles for the upcoming government of the PTI. The move will pave way for the PTI, which has majority of seats in the National Assembly and is expected to rule the Punjab, to appoint the governor of its own wish.

Rajwana, who is a lawyer by profession, said that he will continue to work as a lawyer after resigning from the office of the governor.

Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai and Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair, who were also appointed on the advise of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, have yet not announced any decision in this regard.

According to the results, the PTI has bagged 115 general seats whereas the PML-N and PPP have won 64 and 43 seats, respectively, however, the parties have started efforts to convince the independent candidates.

The PTI has claimed to achieve the required numbers to form government in center as well in Punjab, which remained a stronghold of PML-N in the past.