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Aitzaz resigns from Senate


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PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan. — File photo
PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan on Tuesday resigned from his seat in the Senate, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives in Islamabad, Ahsan said the Election Commission of Pakistan should rise from its slumber, adding that the results of constituencies which recorded 150 per cent voter turnout should be re-assessed and their results be reviewed.

Ahsan was elected Senator in the 2012 election of the Parliament’s Upper House. His wife, Bushra Aitzaz, who had contested from Lahore’s NA-124 in the May 11 polls, lost against Rohail Asghar, a candidate from Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz.

The PPP leader's resignation is the second to come from within the PPP's ranks. Earlier today, Manzoor Wattoo resigned from his position of the party’s central Punjab president days after PPP suffered a defeat in Punjab in the May 11 elections.

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Khalid Abbasi May 14, 2013 05:54pm

Altaf Hussain, where Altaf's contribution to the Mohajirs of Karachi is undeniable. His post success tactics and eccentric comments are damaging and uncalled for. He should apologize to Pakistan and specially the Mohajirs. His threat of a "separation" and building a separate "home" is absolutely anti Pakistan. He should be punished for inciting separatist sentiments and violence. Shame on Altaf for bringing shame to the Mohajirs.

Goga Nalaik May 14, 2013 01:50pm
Just to prove that he is a democrat. Does it surprise you ?
Zack Khan May 14, 2013 01:42pm
He could have put pressure on ECP for repolling!!
Linux Learn May 14, 2013 01:43pm
ECP is himself appointed illegally , how can he mange the fair election. whole election was just a joke including ECP.
AR May 14, 2013 01:39pm
Respect for your courage to accept the responsibility although I have never been a supporter of PPP.
Salim Akbani May 14, 2013 01:31pm
Asking for brand new nationwide election is unrealistic. Most elections even in developed countries are not 100% clean. There is always some shenanigan that takes place in every election. The ECP should investigate the worst ones and take severe action with jail time and huge financial penalties to candidates and parties. The elections will become cleaner but never 100% untainted.
Shahzad May 14, 2013 01:17pm
Why a quitter?
DARR May 14, 2013 03:06pm
Aitzaz Ahsan woke up from slumber and suddenly realized that ECP should also wake up from slumber. Happy moment for Pakistan, Farewell slumber.
Jari May 14, 2013 02:41pm
no wonder PML N got so many seats. there must be some seat selling and buying business which Sharif family is so good at
marghoob ahmed siddiqui May 14, 2013 05:23pm
Chief Election Commissioner has proved to be most ineffective person. When there are reports of more than 100% voting how can he ignore and declare results. Who is responsible for rigging? If he considered himself not capable of handling the job he must have refused to accept it.
Ahmad May 14, 2013 06:17pm
Thanks for rightly pointing out. He is the biggest opportunistic and have no values.
Mustafa May 14, 2013 07:48pm
I bet you didn't vote. Did you?
Balwanjee May 14, 2013 07:32pm
Now this the end of Aitzaz Ahsan.
farmerdr May 14, 2013 07:18pm
I echo your sentiments.
sehr.siddiqui May 14, 2013 12:50pm
Would he also return the favours received including LPG licences. This certainly require courage which these characters lack.
Khalid Jamil Ansari May 14, 2013 12:48pm
This is a sign of greatness; Actually, Aitzaz Sahib is a highly decent personality.
Muhammad Farooq May 14, 2013 12:59pm
It shows how patriotic they are!
gangadin May 14, 2013 11:08am
What other choice does he have?
Rehan May 14, 2013 11:15am
I wonder if he raised the same voice on vote rigging in 2008?
Moiz May 14, 2013 11:21am
Too late my friend. You was a symbol of decency in PPP, but you succumbed to Zar-dari politics. ECP may rise from its slumber, but you will not.
Khalid May 14, 2013 11:54am
It seems no fair and transparent elections are held. EC's creditability is on stake. To get out clean EC should cancel the entire National election and hold new elections under the supervision of military. It is costly but will be a lesson learnt.
tariq May 14, 2013 12:03pm
Its useless to quit now. Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan.
Qamar May 14, 2013 12:36pm
Good riddance!!
hamid Shafiq May 14, 2013 12:40pm
better to fight the cases of zardari in courts and get better money for lavish life
Blister May 14, 2013 12:40pm
Only 5 years late. You may still have had a political career then.
Mushtaq Ahmed May 14, 2013 12:42pm
His conduct has been suspect and opportunistic since Lawyers' movement in 07. He has shown his true Colour and caliber.
Bhatty May 14, 2013 12:55pm
he resigned only after PPPP suffered humiliating defeat. He was part of regime and did not consider to resign when his party was looting the country in both hands
Muhammad Naeem Khan May 14, 2013 03:08pm
Aitezaz Ahsan, is one the most noble person of the Lawer' movement. He has crafted wonderful leadership to the laweyers and turned the movement into success, he has involved all the parties to serve this cause but his own PPPP have resisited and he has gone against his own party and served the great cause, even after that he has not left his party. These are some personalities to whome we ae proud of, and we always feel proud associating ourselves with them. God bless him
Tahir M May 14, 2013 03:29pm
Talking about rigging and being very honest in our lives, Aitzaz sahib, are you the same person who was trying to defend Mr Zardari from the Swiss case scandal?
Nadir Shah Durrani May 14, 2013 04:17pm
Rats are jumping of sinking ship, hope Zardari like proverbial ship captain goes with sinking ship.
Jamshed Khan May 14, 2013 04:28pm
I can offer him a lot of other choices. One of them would be to jump into Rawal Dam with shame over his low morals.
Ghalib Khan May 14, 2013 04:49pm
Too little too late