ISLAMABAD (August 28 2007): Minister of State for Information Technology Ishaq Khan Khakwani Monday resigned from the cabinet but he will retain his membership of the National Assembly. He said he would support President for his re-election if he will doff uniform to contest election.
“I personally think that there should be a national consensus for a package deal among all mainstream political parties to draw a mechanism to go ahead and jointly work to further strengthen democratic institutions in the country,” he told media.
Ishaq Khakwani said neither anyone asked him to resign nor he consulted anyone before tendering his resignation before Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz during a scheduled meeting with him.
Dismissing the impression of any personal differences with any of PML leader, he expressed the view that “I took this decision because I think it will be in favour of President Pervez Musharraf that he contests the presidential election on the basis of his performance after shedding his uniform.” Ishaq Khakwani said the Prime Minister would send his resignation to the President because he had written it to him.
Referring to his joining the PML in 2002, he said, “I had joined the pro-Musharraf force as I sincerely believed that he had all the sincere intentions to serve the country and looked different from some of the political leaders.”
He said he had joined the PML on his free will on the invitation of Chaudhry Pervaiz Ellahi, adding he was not a bank defaulter nor there was any case against him in the National Accountability Bureau. Answering a question, he said he did not have any personal conflict with any of the government functionary and he tendered his resignation entirely on his personal will.
To another question, he said he was still a member of PML and it was up to the party leadership whether it would give him party ticket in the next general elections. Ishaq Khakwani in his written resignation to the President said, “I have the highest regard for you and wish you the best. May I also assure you that I will still support you being an MNA.”
Source: Business Recorder