Haleem Adil Shaikh Firdous Shamim Naqvi Pakistan Sindh
Incoming Leader of Opposition in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Shaikh (left) and Firdous Shamim Naqvi who resigned (right). Image Credit: Supplied

Karachi: Leader of Opposition in Sindh Assembly, Firdous Shamim Naqvi, belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the main Opposition political party in Sindh, has submitted his resignation.

Naqvi submitted his resignation to the secretary of the Sindh Assembly. Prime Minister Imran Khan has nominated MPA of PTI Haleem Adil Shaikh as the new opposition leader in Sindh Assembly. Earlier, Shaikh served as the parliamentary party leader of the PTI in the provincial legislature.

MPA Bilal Ahmed Ghaffar has been appointed as the new parliamentary party leader of the PTI in the house.

Naqvi has submitted his resignation on the instruction of the leadership of the PTI.

This is the second time Naqvi has had to resign. Three months ago he resigned after he criticised his own party’s federal government due to the persisting natural gas crisis in Karachi.

Naqvi said that he was going nowhere after leaving the Tehreek-e-Insaf as the PTI was and would always remain his party. “The (political) party rather than any office is important,” he said.

The outgoing Opposition leader said that he wanted to meet in person the speaker of the Sindh Assembly before tendering his resignation but didn’t get the opportunity.

He alleged that the house of provincial assembly had lost its sanctity as the Opposition was not allowed to play its due role due to the dictatorial tendencies on the part of the treasury benches.

He said the Opposition legislators were denied the opportunity to speak in the house.

He said the Opposition legislators in the house should be made part of the standing committees of the house so they are able to play a meaningful role in governance affairs of the province.

He said the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee of the house should be given to the Opposition as envisioned in the Charter of Democracy signed by the late former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.