Pak Punjab Governor quits after PPP poll defeat



Lahore: The Governor of Pakistan's Punjab province Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood today resigned after the defeat of the PPP in the general elections, blaming the party for not addressing key issues like the chronic power crisis in the country.

"I announce my resignation from the post as it is prerogative of the winning party to have its nominee in Punjab," Mahmood said.

The Pakistan People's Party lost the election because it failed to address issues like a crippling energy crisis, he said.

"The PPP concentrated on strengthening democracy after coming to power but ignored the issue of governance," he said.

If the new government did not deliver, it too would meet the same fate, he said.

Mahmood, a former leader of the PML-F, is close to senior PPP leader and former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Mahmood's son bagged the only parliamentary seat won by the PPP in Punjab, the country's most populous province.

PTI