Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party Patron-in-Chief Jahangir Khan Tareen has decided to quit politics and also step down from the party office.
Tareen announced his decision in a post on X while thanking everyone for their support during the recent election and felicitating his opponents.
I would like to thank everyone who supported me in this election and want to offer my congratulations to my opponents. I have immense respect for the will of the people of Pakistan. Therefore, I have decided to resign from my position as Chairman IPP and step away from politics…— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) February 12, 2024
"I have immense respect for the will of the people of Pakistan. Therefore, I have decided to resign from my position as Chairman IPP and step away from politics altogether," Tareen posted.
He expressed his gratitude to all the members of the party and wished them the best. "By the Grace of Allah, I will continue to serve my country to the best of my ability in a private capacity," the post added further.
The IPP leader had contested the recent general election from NA-149 Multan, where he was defeated by independent candidate Amir Dogar, as well as NA-155 Lodhran, where he lost to PML-N candidate Siddique Khan Baloch.
Reacting to this announcement, IPP President Abdul Aleem Khan expressed sadness, saying Tareen will always be the patron-in-chief for the IPP and all of them. He further said that Tareen's presence in any government was an honour for that government.
جہانگیر خان ترین صاحب کے فیصلے سے دلی دُکھ ہوا۔ وہ ہمیشہ آئی پی پی اور ہم سب کے سرپرست اعلیٰ رہیں گے۔ اُن کا کسی بھی حکومت میں ہونااُس حکومت کے لیے اعزاز کی بات ہے۔ سیاست سے ہٹ کر وہ انسانیت کا درد رکھنے والی شخصیت ہیں۔ بطورچھوٹا بھائی اور آئی پی پی صدر کی حیثیت سےانہیں اور اُن… https://t.co/qlnTQpB9OU— Abdul Aleem Khan (@abdul_aleemkhan) February 12, 2024
"As a younger brother and IPP president, I pay tribute to him and his philanthropic activities. May Allah bless them with health, safety and success. Amen," he added in a post on X.
Aleem Khan had emerged victorious in both NA-117 and Lahore’s provincial assembly constituency PP-149, securing a significant mandate from the electorate.
According to the official tally, in NA-117, Aleem Khan secured a resounding victory with 72,519 votes, establishing a clear lead over his competitor, Ali Ejaz Buttar, who garnered 31,586 votes.
Similarly, in PP-149, the IPP president clinched victory with 51,756 votes. His rival, independent candidate Hafiz Zeeshan Rasheed, closely followed with 47,998 votes.