Ex-PM Zafarullah Jamali resigns from National Assembly

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031003-D-9880W-031 Pakistani Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali (right) meets with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld (left foreground) at the Pentagon on Oct. 3, 2003. Under discussion is a broad range of bilateral security issues, many relating to the global war on terrorism, in which Pakistan is playing a significant role. Among others participating in the talks, on the Pakistani side, are Minister of Foreign Affairs Khurshid M. Kasuri (center) and Honorary Advisor to the Prime Minister Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada (seated at the left). DoD photo by R. D. Ward. (Released)

ISLAMABAD : Former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali announced his resignation from the National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday.

Speaking in the NA, Jamali, who hails from Balochistan’s Jaffarabad district, said that if the prime minister and opposition leader are unhappy with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman’s performance, than they should resign as the NAB chief was appointed after their mutual consultation.

He also criticised the federal government over its failure to allocate adequate resources for Balochistan in the federal budget.

Jamali also blamed the NA speaker for failing to stop demonising of state institutions in Parliament.

Jamali, who served as the prime minister from 2002 to 2004 during President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s tenure, is presently associated with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

During the session, lawmakers from the Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Jamaat-e-Islami, PML-Quaid and Awami National Party decided not to submit cut motions in the budget — a tradition of the opposition parties.

Repeating the opposition parties’ stance, PTI MNA Shireen Mazari said presentation of a full year’s budget by a government that is completing its tenure in a matter of weeks is unacceptable.

Discussing the government’s plan to introduce a bill related to the merger of the tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman called the attempt “part of a foreign agenda”.