PTI orders MPs not to participate in resignation verification process


File photo of the PTI central committee meeting.

ISLAMABAD: The PTI leadership has ordered its members of the National Assembly not to participate in the resignation verification process which is due to start from June 6, sources told Geo News on Tuesday.

According to the sources, the PTI leadership has ordered its legislators not to meet with National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf who has asked MPs to appear in person and verify their resignations.

The sources said that the party leadership told the members that since they resigned, no further action is required in this regard.

NA President Raja Pervez Ashraf had summoned the PTI lawmakers individually from June 6 to 10 on Monday and confirmed their resignation. The NA secretariat sent letters to all PTI deputies who tendered their resignation on 11 April.

The President invited the deputies in accordance with subparagraph (b) of paragraph (2) of Article 43 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of the Business of the National Assembly 2007.

A spokesperson for the National Assembly said that verification of the resignations of 30 deputies would take place daily and that each deputy would have five minutes for the verification of his resignation.

“The government aimed to complete the process by June 10 just ahead of the presentation of the budget for the next fiscal year which was due to be presented to the National Assembly on the same day.”

It should be recalled that 131 members of the National Assembly belonging to the PTI submitted their resignations en masse to the then Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Qasim Suri, last month, after the overthrow of Imran’s government Khan by a vote of no confidence. Suri had accepted the resignations and issued the notification.

Later, newly elected President Raja Pervez Ashraf unsealed the resignations of PTI MPs and announced that he would check them to ensure their veracity.

PTI decides not to return to NA

Furthermore, during its central committee meeting held in Peshawar, the PTI had a long discussion on the issue of resignation and decided not to return immediately to the National Assembly.

It was announced by senior PTI leader and former Minister of Information, Fawad Chaudhry.

Fawad said the government was considering accepting resignations on an individual basis.

“If that happens, we will go to court because the PTI members of the National Assembly submitted their resignations en masse, so the resignations should also be accepted collectively,” the former information minister said.

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