The ruling PTI suffered a serious setback on Saturday when MNA Najeeb Haroon, one in every one of the founding members of the party, tendered his resignation from the membership of parliament citing his inability to require any steps within the last 20 months for the betterment of his constituency, Karachi’s NA 256, or the city.
“It’s with an important heart that I’ve tendered my resignation from the National Assembly to PM Imran Khan,” he tweeted together with pictures of his resignation letter.
“It’s been 20 months [Since the party came to power] and haven’t been able to improve either my constituency nor my hometown Karachi and in good conscience cannot justify being during this position,” he added.
“Being the sole MNA who doesn’t take a salary or any perks of being an MNA [and] being one in every of the very best taxpayers in Pakistan, my intention has always been to relinquish back to Karachi and to Pakistan. If I’m powerless to try and do so in my right conscience cannot justify being in my position.”
Haroon further said because the only surviving founding father of the PTI’s first executive committee, he would still be a part of his beloved party till his last breath and he also strongly believed within the capable leadership of PM Imran which he could take Pakistan to new heights.
In his resignation letter dated April 16, Haroon wrote that he “strongly” felt that he did not enjoy the prime minister’s confidence.
“Twenty months after taking oath as an MNA and 24 years after we formed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf under your able leadership, I very strongly feel that I’ve got didn’t enjoy your confidence/trust,” he wrote to the prime minister.
He reposed his confidence in PM Imran but added that with sadness he had been reflecting on his decision to resign as an MNA for the last eight months – after the completion of a year of the party’s time in power.
“While I’ve got not been a burden on the national exchequer for one rupee during the last 20 months, still my conscience guides me that I don’t justify/deserve to remain within the position,” he added.
Haroon requested the prime minister to permit his status as a founding father to be kept within the party records and let him continue as a member of the PTI “for as long as I live”.
He advised PM Imran that party loyalty should be the quantity one criterion for assigning responsibilities and also the order of competence, capacity, experience, expertise and temperament could always be altered.
The PTI founding member also urged the prime minister to carry public hearings of all individuals before assigning them public offices as that might help wake surface “all the nice and bad things about them”.
“I am very humbly suggesting quite ever before wisdom, mature advice, humility and loyalists who can gel as a team to rescue this nation of 220 million populace,” he added.
Haroon has become another addition to the list of the PTI’s founding members who are unhappy with the party’s existing policies. The party has been facing accusations of sidelining its “ideological” leaders.
In December last year, the PTI had suspended the party membership of Hamid Khan, another founding member, for “defaming” the party.
In 2018, PTI leader Fauzia Kasuri had quit the PTI accusing it of bringing corrupt people within its ranks and joined the Pak Sarzameen Party.
In 2016, Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmad had left the PTI claiming that the party had lost its way and its ideology.
Wajih and also the party leadership had developed differences when he recommended the cancellation of the membership of Pervez Khattak Jahangir Tareen et al. for influencing the result of intra-party elections held in March 2013.
Another founding member, Akbar S Babar, had filed a case against his own party, alleging that almost $3 million in illegal foreign funds were collected through two offshore companies which money was sent through illegal ‘hundi’ channels from the centre East to accounts of ‘PTI employees’.
In response to Haroon’s resignation, PPP leader Nafeesa Shah said the event had exposed PM Imran’s policies. “This shows that the founding members of the PTI are unhappy over the shortage of governance,” she added