Ex-Sindh governor Muhammad Zubair parts ways with PML-N

Ex-Sindh governor Muhammad Zubair parts ways with PML-N

KARACHI: Former Sindh governor Muhammad Zubair on Sunday announced to quit the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over some “reservations”.

Speaking to Geo News, Zubair, who did not disclose what issues exactly led to his departure, said he would take decision about his future politics in consultation with his “friends”.

Zubair joins a list of top leaders who recently parted ways with the ruling party, including former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and ex-finance minister Miftah Ismail.

The politician has been critical of the incumbent government, which was formed after the February 8 elections, and also recently said he was in the party “like Abbasi”, hinting at his displeasure with the leadership.

When former Rawalpindi Division Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chatha made allegations that the election results were manipulated, Zubair had said that the PML-N should “publicly accept defeat” and allow the country to move on. However, Chatha backtracked on his claims.

While it is unclear whether he will join a political party or not, Abbasi had on April 8 approached the Election Commission of Pakistan for registration of a new political party.

Ismail is also supporting the formation of a new party of individuals having “proven integrity and competence”.

Zubair’s brief profile
Zubair, who was a prominent leader of the PML-N, was sworn in as the Sindh governor on February 2, 2017. He served in the post for more than one year till August 2018.

He is an IBA graduate and proved his mettle in the professional sector, where he spent 26 years with IBM from 1981 to 2007, working in various capacities in Rome, Milan, Paris and Dubai.

In 1998, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for IBM Pakistan and was later elevated to CFO of IBM Middle East/Africa region in 2004.

After joining PML-N, he was part of the party’s Tax Reforms Media Committee between 2012-2013, and in July 2013, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Investment, where he served until December of that year.

He was then appointed as Chairman of the Privatisation Commission in 2013 and he served until 2017. He has also served as the spokesperson of PML-N President Nawaz Sharif and Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz.

Zubair is the son of General (retd) Ghulam Umar and also the elder brother of former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Asad Umar.

He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Karachi’s renowned Institute of Business Administration. Zubair has also served as one of the Board of Directors in 1980 in the capacity of student representative and also taught Financial Management from 1981-1986.

M Zubair served as chairman of the Board of Investment from July to December 2013, before holding the position of chairman of the Privatisation Commission.