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Tareen steps down from party position after disqualification verdict

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) secretary general Jahangir Tareen on Saturday resigned from his party office after the Supreme Court disqualified him for being dishonest.

Tareen sent his resignation to party chairman Imran Khan, saying he hoped that the latter will accept his resignation.

He said he and the party chief faced strict accountability, and emerged victorious and added he was disqualified on technical grounds and was proud of his political struggle and the party.

The PTI chief’s leadership and friendship is an asset and will remain so in future, he wrote in his resignation letter.

He further said it is inappropriate to hold party position in the wake of being declared disqualified by the apex court.

On Friday, a bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, announced its much-awaited verdict, rejecting plea to disqualify Imran Khan and declared  PTI’s key party leader Jahangir Tareen disqualified on the petitions filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi.

Abbasi had filed the petition seeking disqualification of PTI chief and party’s secretary general Tareen for not disclosing their assets and ownership of the offshore companies.

Following the verdict, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) de-notified Tareen as a member of the National Assembly from NA-154 Lodhran.

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