Saeed Ghani 'offers' to quit as PPP Karachi president over ‘party performance in polls’

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Saeed Ghani has offered to step down as the party’s president of Karachi chapter.

The decision comes after the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had clinched a majority of seats from the port city in the July 25 general elections.

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In a message posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter in Urdu on Sunday, the former senator told supporters that he took complete responsibility for the loss of PPP in Karachi. However, he also termed the elections ‘rigged’.

کراچی میں حالیہ انتخابات میں ہونے والی دھاندلی کے باوجود پارٹی کی غیر تسلی بخش کارکردگی کی ذمہ داری قبول کرتے ہوئے میں نے چیئرمین @BBhuttoZardari کو کراچی کے صدر کے عہدے سے مستعفی ہونے کی رضاکارانہ پیشکش کی ہے. نہ پارٹی نے میری سرذنش کی ہے اور نہ استعفے کا مطالبہ

— Senator Saeed Ghani (@SaeedGhani1) July 28, 2018

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He went on to say that he had submitted his resignation to PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. At the same time, Ghani clarified that the party had not pressured or forced him to step down from the post.

According to reports, the PTI won 12 out of 21 National Assembly seats and bagged 20 Sindh Assembly seats from Karachi.

Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced that the PTI had won 115 out of 270 NA seats on which elections had been held on July 25.

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