Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Friday resigned from the chairmanship of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).
The former military ruler sent his resignation to the Election Commission of Pakistan.
The news comes days after the Supreme Court withdrew the interim relief it allowed to Musharraf, permitting him to submit his nomination papers, after Musharraf failed to appear before the court. Despite multiple guarantees and assurances from the chief justice, Musharraf failed to show resulting in the cancellation of his conditional nomination.
Dr Muhammad Amjad, previously the general secretary of the party, has been elevated to the position of chairman. He will now be directing all party affairs and deciding APML’s role in the upcoming general elections.
Before withdrawing the interim order, the CJP asked Musharraf’s counsel Malik Qamar Afzal if his client would appear before court or not. Musharraf’s lawyer replied that he (Musharraf) would not be able to appear.
Afzal said that he had personally contacted Musharraf on phone and asked him about his return, but Musharraf had told him that although he wanted to come back, he was unable to because of various reasons. He quoted Musharraf citing Eid and unspecified ‘present circumstances’ as reasons for his inability to return and urged the court for more time.
In response, Chief Justice Nisar remarked: “Then we (the court) withdraw the earlier interim order, allowing him to file nomination papers.”