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November 22, 2014
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Zahid Hamid resigns after nomination in treason case

November 22, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: It took Zahid Hamid less than 15 minutes to offer his resignation from the federal cabinet on Friday after he heard the verdict of the three-member special court in the case of retired General Pervez Musharraf in which Hamid had been nominated for investigations along with former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and former chief justice of the country Abdul Hameed Dogar.
Well-placed sources told The News here that the federal minister for science and technology, while demonstrating a high standard of sportsmanship, gave his resignation immediately attaching esteem to the court’s order.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was in Lahore, was flabbergasted to learn about his minister’s resignation when he was informed about it by his staff after the Friday prayers.The prime minister didn’t offer any comment forthwith about the resignation. The resignation has yet to be accepted by Nawaz.
Zahid Hamid, a known jurist and the legal brain of the incumbent administration, who earlier served as the law and justice minister in the federal government, left on Friday evening for Lahore and he was likely to have a meeting with the prime minister in a day or two there. Zahid Hamid has relinquished the charge of his ministry for all practical purposespurposes and he has no plan to return to Islamabad any soon.
He wasn’t available for comments on the development but the sources pointed out that he was examining the verdict and its various aspects.Former law minister Punjab Rana Sanaullah Khan has hinted that the judgement of the special court could be challenged in superior court and interestingly, the verdict is divided handed by the three-member court. Well-placed sources told The News that the judgement of the honourable court would be challenged next week. The lawyers and constitutional experts are studying it.The resignation by the minister hasn’t been given out of compulsion but it was tendered voluntarily, the sources added.
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Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar said that the prime minister had not yet accepted Zahid Hamid’s resignation.On the other hand, sources told a private TV channel that the minister had confirmed his resignation.Dar said the judgement of the special court was not unanimous but majority verdict.He said the government would give its point of view after detailed review of the judgement.


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