The Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Zafar Iqbal Jhagra has reportedly refused to resign from his office against the desire of the party leadership.
Sources said in clear defiance of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership’s instructions to relinquish the charge of his office following the party lost the general elections, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra who has also served as PML N Secretary General, denied doing so.
It may be recalled that The PML-N leadership had instructed the governors of the provinces installed during its previous term to resign from their positions in the wake of its defeat.
Consequently the Sindh governor Muhammad Zubair, obeying the party’s instructions had stepped down from the post last week as the Legendry cricketer Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) which is set to form government at the Centre, KP, and Punjab, is likely to replace all the governors after assuming power.
“The PML-N leadership has directed the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra to resign from his office but he turned a deaf ear to the party’s instructions”. Sources said further adding the KP governor and the party leadership appear to be at odds over the issue.
However, when contacted, a senior officer at the governor house told Pakistan Observer the governor will only step down when asked by the President on the advice of the new Prime Minister as the caretaker setup has no authority to do so.