Election Commission of Pakistan de-notifies 35 more PTI MNAs after their resignations were accepted NA Speaker
Resignations have been accepted with effect from 11 April, 2022, the date when the letters of respective resignations were submitted
ISLAMABAD ( Web News )
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday de-notified 35 more Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Members of National Assembly after their resignations were accepted by National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.
The notification issued by the ECP says:
No.F8(3)/2023-Cord,-Consequent upon the acceptance of resignations by the Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan and in pursuance of the Notifications No F-21(4)/2022 Legis dated 20th January, 2023 of National Assembly of Pakistan, the Election Commission of Pakistan hereby de-notifies the following Members of National Assembly of Pakistan with immediate effect:-
Here’s the list of PTI lawmakers whose resignations have been accepted:
Dr Haider Ali Khan , Saleem Rehman , Sahibzada Sibghatullah , Mehboob Shah , Muhammad Bashir Khan , Junaid Akbar , Sher Akbar Khan , Ali Khan Jadoon , Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai , Mujahid Ali , Arbab Amir Ayub , Sher Ali Arbab , Shahid Ahmed Khattak , Gul Dad Khan , Sajid Khan , Mohammad Iqbal Khan , Aamer Mehmood Kiani , Syed Faiz ul Hassan, Chaudhry Shoukat Ali Bhatti , Umar Aslam Khan , Amjad Ali Khan , Khurram Shahzad , Faizullah Kamoka , Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar , Syed Fakhar Imam , Zahoor Hussain Qureshi , Ibraheem Khan , Tahir Iqbal , Aurangzeb Khan Khichi , Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar , Abdul Majeed Khan , Ms. Andaleeb Abbas
Reserved seat from Punjab Ms. Asma Qadeer Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch
The notification has been issued by Deputy Director (Cord) Muhammad Nasir Khan on Friday. The notification has been issued by the order of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Earlier on Friday National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf accepted the resignations of 35 more Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNAs.
The PTI had resigned from the lower house of parliament after the ouster of PTI chief Imran Khan in April 2022.
According to a press release issued by the National Assembly Secretariat, the resignations were accepted in accordance with clause (1) of Article 64 of the Constitution and rules of procedure and conduct of Business in the NA.
In accordance with clause (1) of Article 64 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, read with Rule 43 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly of Pakistan 2007, the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan has been pleased to accept the resignations of the following Members of the National Assembly with effect from April 11, 2022, the date when the letter of respective resignations was submitted,” said the statement.
The resignations have been accepted with effect from 11 April, 2022, the date when the letters of respective resignations were submitted.
Meanwhile speaking to the media outside the Parliament House, senior PTI leaders said the speaker retracted from his old stance by accepting the resignations of 35 more PTI lawmakers on Friday.
Former speaker NA Asad Qaiser, Asad Umar, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry and others termed the government’s move “illegal and immoral”.
Asad Qaiser condemned the decision and revealed that Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had called the PTI leaders to the assembly and told them that the resignations would not be accepted unless he had a word with the MNAs himself separately.
“Were those whose resignations were accepted called by the Speaker?”Qaiser asked.
Berating the speaker’s decision, PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry said now that 81 resignations were accepted, the government must also give a date for the general elections.
Expressing his displeasure over the decision, the PTI leader blamed Islamabad for the political and economic crises in the country. “We are heading towards a Sri Lanka-like situation,” Fawad Chaudhry claimed.
Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan was facing an economic and political crisis because of “incompetent rulers imposed on us”.
He said the sitting government just represents 36 per cent of the country, adding that decisions taken in “closed-door meetings” had thrown Pakistan into the current crisis.
“All of our MNAs are outside the National Assembly and we want our resignations accepted.”He reiterated his party’s demand for early elections, saying the nation would not forgive institutions if remedial measures were not taken immediately.
PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the speaker first said that he cannot accept the resignations collectively.
“We decided to come to the meeting and he [the speaker] postponed it and when we came to the assembly, he accepted the resignations of 35 more MNAs,” said Qureshi, demanding that the rest of the resignations should also be accepted.
The party’s vice chairman said that the PTI wants snap polls so that the people can decide for themselves.
Qureshi called out the government for what he said was ignoring the plight of the people, alleging it would try to hold on to power until all [graft] cases against their leaders were quashed. He demanded the speaker accept all remaining resignations to end the crisis. Qureshi said elections were the only way out of the prevailing situation.