Television anchor and PTI leader from Karachi Aamir Liaquat Hussain says Prime Minister Imran Khan has rejected his resignation which he had offered after he was unable to help his constituents.
“After a long meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan my four-page resignation was rejected. I opened my heart told the prime minister everything. The prime minister hailed my efforts for raising my voice for Karachi’s issues and said thinking about the public was the role of an elected leader,” he said on Twitter.
وزیر اعظم عمران خان سے طویل ملاقات، 4صفحات پر مشتمل استعفی مستردکردیا،اس پر بات نہیں ہوگی اپنا دل کھول کر وزیراعظم کے سامنے رکھا، انہوں نے کراچی کےمسائل پر آواز بلند کرنے کو سراہااور کہا یہی ایک سیاسی سوجھ بوجھ اور عوام کا درد رکھنے والے منتخب رہنما کا کردار ہوناچاہیے
— Aamir Liaquat Husain (@AamirLiaquat) July 20, 2020
Earlier in the day, Hussain had posted on social media that he was on his way to the Prime Minister’s House to submit his resignation.
Hussain who won on a PTI ticket from NA-245 in the 2018 general elections, had earlier hinted at resigning in a post on Twitter, citing reasons that he could not offer his constituents any respite from Karachi’s frequent power outages.
“I confess that I am a helpless MNA of Karachi. I am unable to provide electricity to the people of my city. I cannot see the people of my city suffer. I will ask the prime minister for time and submit my resignation,” the former MQM member had said.
میں اعتراف کرتا ہوں میں کراچی کا ایک بے بس ایم این اے ہوں… اپنے شہر کے لوگوں کو بجلی فراہم کروانے سے قاصر ہوں… مجھ سے کراچی اور بالخصوص اپنے حلقے کے لوگوں کا تڑپنا سسکنا اور مونس علوعی کے جھوٹ سہنا نہیں دیکھا جاتا وَیراعظم سے وقت مانگا ہے مل کر انہیں استعفی پیش کردوں گا
— Aamir Liaquat Husain (@AamirLiaquat) July 16, 2020
Karachi has been hit with intense power outages for the last few weeks as the federal government and the Sindh government continue to trade barbs over the city’s power issues and power supplier K-Electric. The city has been experiencing up to 10 hours of unannounced power cuts despite assurances from ministers.
This is not the first time that the PTI MNA has been in the news for being upset at his party.
In 2018, a month after the general election, reports had emerged of differences between Hussain and the PTI after he had expressed anger with the party over failure to invite him to a dinner hosted at the Governor House.
According to reports, Liaquat left a WhatsApp group comprising PTI Sindh’s leaders over the issue.
Prior to leaving the WhatsApp group, Liaquat had sent a voice note in which he expressed anger towards Secretary Information Shehzada Qureshi calling on him to bring a positive change.
“You will not get the opportunity of winning so many seats. Do not be the reason to lose respect. Hurdles will be created in the future if you continue mistreatment of your own people” Liaquat was quoted as saying in the voice message.
PTI’s Karachi President Shamim Naqvi had said there was no reason to be upset as no dinner had been hosted.