Tareen, Khattak quit politics; Siraj steps down as JI chief


IPP chief says will ‘continue to serve my country to the best of my ability in a private capacity’ | Siraj ‘accepts responsibility’ for defeat in elections
Days after the country went to polls, uncertainty continued to loom large on Monday after three well-known political leaders, Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) chief Jahangir Khan Tareen, Central Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Parliamentarians (PTI-P) Pervez Khattak, and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq, made shocking announcements of stepping down from party positions.
Tareen and Khattak also decided to “step away from politics altogether”, while Siraj took responsibility for the party’s significant drubbing in the February 8 national polls.
In a post on X, Tareen said he would like to thank everyone who supported him in the elections and offered his congratulations to his political opponents over their victories.
However, he added that he had “immense respect for the will of the people of Pakistan” and was therefore stepping down.
Similarly, the newly-formed IPP with its core of former PTI leaders, only managed to secure two seats in the National Assembly and only one from Punjab Assembly.
Meanwhile, Pervez Khattak, chief of his breakaway faction of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, PTI-Parliamentarians, has also resigned from his party position, saying that he is “taking a break” from politics for now.
The development comes as his party has literally been wiped out from Pakistan’s political scene after it failed to win even a single seat.
During canvassing, Khattak had made bold claims that he would be the next chief minister of K-P and that the PTI-backed independents would also align with him after winning.
Khattak’s two sons and a son-in-law were contesting from all seven seats in Nowshera, but couldn’t win any one of these.
In a separate post on X, Siraj said, “I accept responsibility for the election defeat and have resigned from the post of party ameer.”