Dissident PTI’s lawmaker Gulzar Khan passes away

  • Gulzar Khan took a different route contrary to party policy and announced not to tender resignation during 2014-sit-in
Pakistan

PESHAWAR – A senior legislator of Pakistan Tehrrek-i-Insaf, Gulzar Khan breathed his last in pre-dawn hours of Monday.


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Gulzar, who suffered a heart attack a few days ago served in key positions as a bureaucrat including Deputy Commissioner Peshawar, political agent for South-Waziristan and chief commissioner for Afghan refugees.

Shortly before the last elections, he joined Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and was elected to the National Assembly from NA-4 receiving 55,134 votes against a PML -N candidate, Nasir Khan Musazai.

He remained loyal till the time his party announced their decisions to tender resignations during the 2014 sit-in when he, along with Nasir Khan Khattak and Mussarat Ahmedzed announced that they would divert from party policy.

Following the split, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman wrote to the speaker of the National Assembly, seeking the de-seating of three dissident PTI lawmakers including Gulzar for not submitting resignations alongside other PTI parliamentarians.

However, he was not de-seated and remained a member of the Lower House of the Parliament.

Gulzar expressed that he had not submitted his resignation in line with the party decision in 2014 on principle grounds, adding that he had asked the party chairman that the three MPAs who had been elected from the constituencies under him should also be asked to resign.

Condolences

Following the demise of the politician, law makers including PTI supremo Imran Khan expressed grief and sorrow on Twitter.