Two ex-prime ministers resign from PPP positions

Source:  The News Published in Politics on Thursday, June 18, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Two former prime minister of Pakistan Raja Pervez Ashraf and Yousuf Raza Gilani have voluntarily resigned from their positions in the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

Gilani and Ashraf, who have been serving as PPP’s vice chairman and general secretary respectively, decided to resign during the meeting of party’s Central Executive Council at the Bilawal House.

According to inside story of the CEC meeting, Raja Pervez Ashraf was critical of Asif Ali Zardari’s remarks which many saw as an attack on country’s military establishment.

“It was not appropriate for the former president to criticize armed forces of Pakistan,” sources quoted him as saying.

He said:“everybody holds General Raheel Shairf in high regard and leaders of political parties must not be in collision course with national institutions”

“We are quitting party offices voluntarily because we don’t want Bilwala Bhutto to shoulder the burden of caring for comrades of her mother (Benazir Bhutto).

Sources said Gilani told the CEC that resignations were tendered so that Bilawal could avoid difficulties in reorganization of the PPP.

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