After the senior Pakistani leader Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Firdous Shamim Naqvi submitted his resignation as opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly, the PTI central leadership appointed Haleem Adil Shaikh to the post.
Syekh, who is also PTI’s central vice president, is no longer chairman of the PTI parliament in the Sindh Assembly, as he had before being nominated as leader of the opposition in the provincial assembly.
Bilal Ghaffar, an MPA from Karachi, has been appointed leader of the party parliament in the Sindh Assembly. Naqvi will officially resign from his post today (Monday) and submit his resignation to the chairman of the Sindh Assembly.
The PTI has also approached the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement and the Supreme Democratic Alliance – the two main opposition parties in the provincial assembly and their allies in the Center – to gain their support for its candidate.
News has learned that PTI plans to give an important position to Naqvi. Party sources said that a group of PTI MPAs had filed complaints with the party’s central leaders, in particular Prime Minister Imran Khan, against the Naqvi for their tough stance against them.
“A group of party MPAs have complained to Prime Minister Khan that it is difficult for them to work under the Naqvi leadership in the provincial assembly,” an MPA told The News. Some analysts attributed the replacement of the opposition leader in the provincial assembly to a Naqvi statement in September, in which he criticized the federal government for not having a role in solving the city’s ongoing electricity and gas crisis.
Naqvi was quoted as saying that “he will ensure Prime Minister Imran Khan, Energy Minister Omar Ayub and assistant oil prime minister, Nadeem Babar, feel ’embarrassed’ that Karachi is facing a gas shortage crisis.”
But later that same night, he posted an apology via his Twitter account. “I want to apologize to everyone Insaf. My point is to say I will take the minister of energy and SSGC to the PM. Hearing the words recorded doesn’t really convey that. I apologize to my leader. Who is the most committed & honest man I have ever met, ”he tweeted.