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Babar removed as PPP spokesman after critical speech
By Tariq Butt March 09, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: Following the bold speech in the Senate, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) removed Farhatullah Babar as spokesman for former president Asif Ali Zardari. The PPP senator also criticised his own party in the farewell speech.

However, the PPP claimed that he had resigned as spokesman and the resignation was accepted by the former president but would continue as PPP-Parliamentarians Secretary General.

“I resigned as spokesman for the party and Zardari,” said Senator Babar. However, he did not further dwell on the reasons of his resignation. However, the PPP said that Zardari was not happy with him on his farewell address in the Senate and also his continuous speeches.

It was stated that Babar offered his resignation to Zardari who expressed his disliking on his Senate speech saying it will create problems for the party.

In what was his last speech in the Senate before his term expires, Babar had warned against the “judicialisation of politics and politicisation of the judiciary” and the existence of a “state within state.”

Babar had said he was distressed that all political parties, including the PPP, initially demanded across-the-board accountability — a suggestion for bringing judges and generals under the purview of accountability laws — but suddenly backtracked on it.

The Senator’s criticism of his party in the speech had angered Zardari, party sources earlier said, adding that Babar was subsequently removed as the spokesman. PPPP Information Secretary Dr Nafisa Shah confirmed that Senator Babar resigned as spokesman for former the president and his resignation was accepted.

Shah said Babar was an asset for the PPP and would continue his duties as PPPP Secretary General. Though the PPP had not given the reason of surprise resignation of Babar as whether it was his farewell bold speech in the Senate in which he talked about the supremacy of Parliament.

Just after the speech of Babar, the PPP issued a statement on behalf of former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf disowning Babar’s address saying that it was his personal opinion not of party.

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