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ANP’s Amir Nawab resigns from Sindh cabinet as party boycotts Senate, NA

Published Sep 07, 2012 11:55am

Chief of the ANP’s Sindh chapter, Shahi Syed. — File Photo by APP

KARACHI: ANP lawmaker Amir Nawab, who is also a provincial minister, tendered his resignation from the Sindh government on Friday, DawnNews reported.

Provincial labour minister Nawab submitted his resignation to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

Nawab said he did not want to function as a “puppet minister” and that he had tendered the resignation on directives from the party’s central leadership.

Nawab further said that “the Pakistan People’s Party could keep such ministries to itself”.

The resignation came in the wake of the ANP’s announcement that it would boycott all sessions of the Senate and the national and provincial assembles.

Earlier today, the party announced the boycott over the new law on local government institutions which had been signed by the governor and the chief minister.

The ANP stated that it was not taken into confidence over the law.

Speaking to media representatives, ANP's Sindh chief, Shahi Syed called the new local government law "a black law".

He added that the ANP was not taken in the loop over the deliberations pertaining to the new law and called the MQM "a terrorist organisation".

Syed said the new law was an injustice to the people of Sindh and that the PPP did not take the ANP into confidence before its approval.

Moreover, ANP's Bushra Gohar stated that the new law had been pass secretively and in order to appease a certain political group.

PPP, MQM leaders on ANP's reaction

Provincial information minister Sharjeel Memon said the government would try to address the ANP's fears and reservations over the new law.

Memon said the PPP wanted to take all the coalition partners along and that it would consider the ANP's stance on the issue.

Moreover, MQM parliamentary party leader in the Sindh Assembly Syed Sardar Ahmed said that political parties should analyse the ordinance before forming an opinion on it.

The new law, which had been named “People’s Metropolitan Corporation Ordinance 2012”, was signed after days of intense deliberations between the PPP and the Muttahida Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the two major parties in Sindh’s ruling coalition.