Islamabad: Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday resigned from both Parliament and the ruling Pakistan People's Party and launched a scathing attack on President Asif Ali Zardari, saying he had 'sold' out his values to cling to power.
Qureshi, who has been estranged from the PPP since he was not reallocated the foreign affairs portfolio during a cabinet reshuffle in February, sought to blame Zardari for his decision to leave the party.
He accused Zardari, who is also the head of the PPP, of abandoning values and politics espoused by slain former party chief and premier Benazir Bhutto.
"Zardari has moved away from (Bhutto's) vision. His love for the chair is so great and he is so determined to cling to his position that he is ready to sacrifice everything values, the party and its workers," Qureshi told reporters.
Zardari, he claimed, had changed Bhutto's "politics of resistance" into "politics of capitulation".
He said: "Benazir Bhutto was a symbol of resistance against dictatorships and unconstitutional rule and President Zardari is an epitome of capitulation to internal and external pressures".
Accusing Zardari of burying Bhutto's "vision and politics along with her", Qureshi said: "This is not Benazir Bhutto's PPP, it is the Zardari league...I want to say that I will not remain associated with the Zardari league. "I am severing links with it. I announce that I am leaving the Zardari league".