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Siraj-ul-Haq and Jahangir Tareen Resign from Party Leaderships, Tareen Steps Away From Politics

In a major political shake-up, the chiefs of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) announced their resignation from their respective party positions and their departure from politics, following their defeat in the general elections 2024.

JI chief Siraj-ul-Haq, who had been leading the party since 2014, said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, that he accepted the responsibility for the poor performance of his party in the polls and decided to step down from the leadership of JI.

“Accepting responsibility for the defeat in the election, I resign from the leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami,” Siraj said.

According to unofficial results, JI failed to win a single seat in the National Assembly and secured only two seats in Sindh, three in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and one in the Balochistan assemblies.

Siraj’s announcement came hours after IPP patron-in-chief Jahangir Khan Tareen, who had founded the party last year, declared his resignation from the party’s leadership and his exit from politics altogether.

“I would like to thank everyone who supported me in this election and want to offer my congratulations to my opponents. I have immense respect for the will of the people of Pakistan,” Tareen said in a statement on X.

He expressed his gratitude to every IPP member, wishing them “the absolute best”.

“By the Grace of Allah, I will continue to serve my country to the best of my ability in a private capacity. May the next few years see Pakistan prosper,” he added.

Tareen, who had previously been a close aide of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan, had parted ways with him and formed his own party, promising to contest elections across the country. However, his party performed poorly in the elections, winning only two National Assembly seats from Lahore and one Punjab Assembly seat.

The resignations of Siraj and Tareen have created a leadership vacuum in their parties, which are now facing an uncertain future. Both leaders had been seen as influential figures in the political landscape of Pakistan, with Siraj being a prominent religious leader and Tareen being a wealthy businessman and former federal minister.

Their departure from politics has also raised questions about the fate of their alliances and coalitions with other parties. JI had been part of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a religious alliance that had contested the elections against PML-N, PPP, PTI-backed Independents.

Both JI and IPP have expressed their regret over the resignations of Siraj and Tareen, and have praised their contributions to the democratic process and the welfare of the people. They have also urged them to reconsider their decisions and remain active in politics.

However, Siraj and Tareen have not indicated any intention of changing their minds, and have said that they will focus on their personal and social activities. They have also not named any successors or interim leaders for their parties, leaving their supporters and workers in a state of confusion and dismay.

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