NA vote to de-seat PTI law­mak­ers post­poned till Thurs­day

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Speaker Na­tional Assem­bly Sar­dar Ayaz Sadiq on Tues­day re­ferred till Thurs­day the mat­ter of vot­ing on the mo­tions sub­mit­ted by the Jamiat-i-Ule­mae-Is­lam Fazl (JUI-F) and the Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) to de­seat the Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf MNA's.

MQM and JUI-F had moved mo­tions to va­cate the seats of 28 PTI mem­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly (MNAs) un­der clause 2 of ar­ti­cle 64 of the con­sti­tu­tion of Pak­istan over the ab­sence of the leg­is­la­tors with­out leave in the assem­bly sit­tings for forty con­sec­u­tive days dur­ing the party's sit-in in Is­lam­abad. JUI-F chief Fa­zlur Rehman main­tained that mo­tions should be de­ferred for a few days to com­plete the con­sul­ta­tion with fel­low leg­is­la­tors, politi­cians and party mem­bers.

"If the gov­ern­ment and the other po­lit­i­cal par­ties suc­ceed to con­vince us for the with­drawal the mo­tion then we can with- draw our mo­tion to de-seat PTI MNA's," the JUI-F Chief said. He said that his party wants the supremacy of the con­sti­tu­tion and con­tin­u­a­tion of po­lit­i­cal sys­tem in the coun­try. MQM Leader Dr Fa­rooq Sat­tar said that the strength­en­ing of democ­racy is not pos­si­ble with­out abid­ing by the con­sti­tu­tion. "A re­quest should come from PTI lead­er­ship for con­don­ing their ab­sence from the par­lia­ment for forty days," he said.

Lead­ers be­long­ing to the rul­ing Pak­istan Mus­lim League Nawaz (PML-N) and Pak­istan Peo­ples Party (PPP) per­suaded the MQM and JUI-F to take back the res­o­lu­tions. Ear­lier dur­ing the day, State Min­is­ter for Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed had also re­quested the lead­er­ship of JUI-F and the MQM to with­draw their mo­tions re­gard­ing de-seat­ing of 28 mem­bers of the PTI.

Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) MNAs led by Shah Mah­mood Qureshi, how­ever, staged a walk­out from the Na­tional Asseem­bly, main­tain­ing that they do not want to ruin the at­mos­phere of the ses­sion by their pres­ence. "We are elected and are not go­ing to beg any­one for mercy on this mat­ter," Qureshi told jour­nal­ists out­side the Na­tional Assem­bly.

The PTI leader main­tained that no party has shown con­cern over our re­turn to par­lia­ment and want us to play our role ex­cept for JUI and MQM but they will not sit in the lower house un­til the fel­low par­lia­men­tar­i­ans de­cide their fate. The se­nior politi­cian main­tained that his party left no stone un­turned to solve the 'rig­ging' is­sue through ju­di­cial means but the ef­forts met with dis­ap­point­ment, forc­ing the party to stage a sit-in. "Then the govt set up an in­quiry com­mis­sion, it ruled and we ac­cepted its ver­dict", claimed Qureshi.

Qureshi added that the PTI's law­mak­ers only of­fered their res­ig­na­tions in protest against the un­just at­ti­tude of the gov­ern­ment in this re­gard.

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