Islamabad. Pakistan National Parliament Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday accepted the resignations of 35 more Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPs. A few days before this, the resignation of more than 30 PTI MPs was accepted. In April last year, PTI MPs had resigned en masse from the lower house of parliament following the ouster of PTI chief Imran Khan.
During that time the Speaker accepted only 11 resignations saying that the remaining MPs would be called in person for verification. After stalling the process for eight months, he on Tuesday accepted the resignations of 34 PTI MNAs and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid. Meanwhile, PTI leaders have reiterated their demand for fresh elections in the country, terming the Speaker’s move as illegal.
Senior leader Asad Qaiser questioned whether the Speaker has ensured the implementation of the Supreme Court orders regarding the resignations given by the PTI MLAs. PTI leader and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry said, “Pakistan is facing an economic and political crisis because of the incompetent rulers imposed on us.”
He alleged that the present government represents only 36 per cent of the country and its decisions taken in closed-door meetings have plunged the country into crises. Qureshi, a former foreign minister, urged the Speaker to accept all the remaining resignations to end the current impasse. He stressed that elections are the only way out of the present crisis.
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