ISLAMABAD – The state minister for railways and leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from Sindh Abdul Hakeem Baloch has resigned from the office citing reservations for being sidelined by the federal minister of railways Khawaja Saad Rafique.
According to the sources privy to Hakeem, the resignation has been handed over to the party but not being accepted yet.
Describing the reservations, sources said, Hakeem was not taken into confidence when federal minister for railways Khawaja Saad Rafique visitted Karachi earlier last week for a ceremony to include nine new engines into Pakistan Railways.
Moreover, Hakeem also held reservation over party being ignorant towards its members from Sindh.
“My resignation as state minister is a protest against PML-N’s deliberately ‘downplaying’ its representatives from Sindh”, Baloch said in a statement issued here.
He said that it’s a pity that even Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique, did not bother to let me in on any of his engagements during his recent visit to Karachi.
“No one informed me about Rafique’s plans. I was not even considered worth inviting to the programs organized for the federal minister. I can’t stand this apathy, on the part of my party leadership, any longer. I quit”, a disgruntled Baloch said.
PML-N or Khawaja Saad Rafique has made no official statement in this regard as yet.