Pakistani Information Minister Rehman quits

Pakistani Information Minister and a key leader of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Sherry Rehman has resigned after a row over crackdown on media, reports Gulf News.

Officials said Rehman announced her resignation at a high-level meeting on Friday night in presence of President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani a few hours after an unannounced government crackdown on country’s most popular private news channel Geo News.

Rehman, a close of aide of slain leader Benazir Bhutto, is also Central Secretary Information of the PPP.

On Saturday, Rehman met with Gilani to tender her resignation in writing, which till last reports was not accepted. On Friday night, after news of her resignation spread, President Zardari’s spokesman kept on denying the development.

Though Rehman was not available for comment, her cabinet colleague and Interior Adviser Rehman Malek confirmed her resignation.

“Yes my dear Sherry appa [sister] has resigned,” Malek told media yesterday without giving details.

Malek is one of the three people Rehman has reportedly complained against. The other two are Punjab Governor Salman Taseer and Investment Minister Waqar Ahmad Khan. Sources close to Rehman told media that Malek and Taseer ordered the crackdown on media.

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