NWFP Jamaat chief resigns

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Islamabad, Sep 26 (UNI) Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami NWFP Sirajul Haq has resigned from the provincial assembly, becoming the first lawmaker who resigned from the assembly after a decision by the leadership of All Parties Democratic Alliance (APDM) to block the re-election of President Pervez Musharraf.

Mr Haq sent his resignation from Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, where he is being kept after his arrest from Islamabad on Monday as part of the government crackdown on the Opposition parties ahead of the October 6 presidential polls.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad has already quit the National Assembly a few weeks ago.

''I talked to Sirajul Haq who is in Adiala Jail. He told me that he has dispatched his resignation to the NWFP Assembly Secretariat,'' Central Deputy Information Secretary of the Jamaat Mohammad Iqbal was quoted by The News as saying.

A number of parliamentarians have submitted their resignations to their respective party leaders so far but none tendered it to the assembly secretariat.

Mr Haq is a former chief of the Islami Jamiat Talaba Pakistan who served for a long tenure as general secretary before taking over as president of the NWFP chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami.

Infact, he led the Friday prayers outside the radical Lal Masjid in Islamabad and anti-government demonstrations in the federal capital.

UNI

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