Mushahidullah submits resignation in person to PM Nawaz; premier to decide whether to accept resignation or not
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s Information Secretary Senator Mushahidullah Khan called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday to officially tender his resignation as Federal Minister for Climate Change and explain his comments against the country’s premier intelligence agency.
“Mushahidullah Khan has tendered his resignation as Federal Minister for Climate Change,” spokesperson for the PM House confirmed. “However, Mushahidullah Khan will continue to work as a senator and PML-N’s information secretary.”
According to sources, the premier will later decide whether to accept the resignation of the senior party leader or not.
Earlier, the PML-N senior leader, who has recently arrived from a visit to Maldives, gave an explanation to the prime minister regarding his recent interview to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), claiming that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had plotted to topple the civil and military leadership during the PTI sit-ins last year.
Meanwhile, Mushahidullah’s resignation has divided the PML-N leaders into two factions, claimed party officials, terming his resignation a ‘sacrifice’.
Earlier on Friday, the prime minister had asked the senator to explain the basis of his remarks.
Further, DG ISPR General Asim Bajwa had also termed any reports about a “tape” as baseless rumours. “The story about any tape recording as being discussed in media is totally baseless, unfounded and farthest from truth,” Bajwa had said, adding, “Such rumours are irresponsible and unprofessional.”
Later on Saturday, Information Minister Pervez Rashid announced that Mushahidullah had sent his resignation to the prime minister from Maldives, adding that he would provide an explanation to the premier upon his arrival.
In an interview to the BBC Urdu at the first anniversary of the sit-ins, Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan had said the conspiracy was foiled after a civilian intelligence agency, Intelligence Bureau (IB), intercepted a call of then ISI chief Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam who was allegedly giving instruction to create chaos during the sit-ins and take control of the PM House.