President accepts resignations of Punjab and Balochistan governors

ISLAMABAD / QUETTA: President Asif Ali Zardari accepted the resignation of the governors of Punjab and Balochistan on Sunday.

Farhatullah Babar the Presidencial spokesperson announced that the president had accepted the resignation of Punjab Governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood and Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Ali Magsi on Sunday night, paving the way for the appointment of their replacements by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Mr Magsi sent his resignation to President Zardari and said it was the right of PML-N government to nominate his successor.

In his resignation letter, he said: “It is my considered opinion that upon change in the federal government it is the right of the newly-elected prime minister to recommend his own nominee for appointment to the position of the governor of the province.

“Accordingly, in the spirit of discernment, I have decided to resign as the Governor of Balochistan province effective upon the swearing in of new Prime Minister.”

On a personal note, Mr Magsi wrote to President Zardari: “It has been a pleasure to work with you and your government, thank you Mr President for your friendship and cooperation which was always forthcoming.”