Punjab governor Sarwar resigns a day after dubbing govt 'failure'

Source:  Dawn.com Published in Politics on Thursday, January 29, 2015

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar resigned on Thursday, days after he called out the federal government for failing to enter partnership with the United States government as he said India had done.

The government has accepted his resignation, with Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal having taken over as acting governor Punjab.

Sources within the Governor House said Sarwar handed his resignation to President Mamnoon Hussain last night.

The federal government had requested an explanation from Sarwar over his statement after which the governor handed in his resignation.

Sarwar on Tuesday at a ceremony of Tehrik Istehkam-i-Pakistan had said: "It’s the diplomatic failure of Pakistan that US President Obama visited India and signed all-important civil nuclear deal with it that included some condition even against American and international laws."

US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week unveiled a deal aimed at unlocking billions of dollars in nuclear trade and deepening defence ties. The two allies also said they would establish several bilateral mechanisms to identify opportunities to boost business, trade and investment ties.

Sarwar had criticised the civil bureaucracy, saying they enjoyed each and every perk and privilege in the country but had contributed nothing to the nation in the last 68 years.

He had further said that polite methods to make the civil bureaucracy realise its duty had failed and now the only option left was to teach them through the use of “baton”.

The governor had said Washington should have given equal importance to New Delhi and Islamabad while making its policies for the region. He said Obama should have used the opportunity to normalise tensions in Indo-Pak ties.

The governor is expected to hold a press conference at 2PM today to explain his decision.

The controversy surrounding Sarwar's statements and subsequent resignation comes days after Federal Minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada came under fire after making controversial remarks about Saudi Arabia — a close ally of the Sharif government.

Pirzada called upon the great powers — naming the US and Saudi Arabia specifically — to allow countries of the world to live in peace and said they should not fund terrorists or arm them.

When pressed by the government to explain his remarks, Pirzada backtracked and said the media 'twisted' his words regarding Saudi Arabia's role in destabilising the Muslim world.

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