ISLAMABAD: Pakistan National Assembly President Raja Pervez Ashraf rejected the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf‘s (PTI) for the acceptance of mass resignations of Members of the National Assembly (MNA), reiterating its position that each member must come individually with a handwritten resignation for verification according to the rules of the National Assembly, according to The News International.
During a meeting with a PTI delegation led by former Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Asad Qaiser, in parliament on Thursday, Raja Pervez Ashraf said resignations of PTI MPs could only be accepted in the framework of the procedure provided for by the Constitution and the rules of operation of the National Assembly, according to the report of The News International.
The meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan took place in the presence of the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Khan Surichief whip of the PTI Malik Amir DogarAttaullah Khan, Amjad Khan Niazi, Niaz Ahmad Jakhar, Dr Shabbir Hussain Qureshi, Faheem Khan, Lal Chan Malahi and Tahir Iqbal.
Addressing the PTI delegation, Raja Pervez Ashraf said the resignations accepted by Qasim Suri were unconstitutional and illegal. He stressed that there was always room for dialogue and political reconciliation, according to the report. He added that political consensus was the key to solving the challenges Pakistan was facing at present.
“There is the issue of the eight lakh term given to each member. How can resignations of all members be accepted at the request of one of them?” News International quoted Raja Pervez Ashraf as saying.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Ashraf said he had recommended that the PTI members of the National Assembly return to the House and play their constitutional role. Referring to a 2014 Islamabad PLD High Court case, Raja Pervez Ashraf said that the NA President’s office is not a post office and even mentioned Article 64 of the Constitution and the Article 43 of the Standing Orders of the National Assembly.
Raja Pervez Ashraf said that some PTI members whose resignations were received by the National Assembly Secretariat had requested leave from the House and some were present in the House. According to him, a member of the National Assembly from Karachi, whose resignation was accepted, approached the High Court in Islamabad and declared under oath that he had not resigned.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Pakistan’s former National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar demanded immediate elections, according to The News International. He urged Raja Pervez Chaudhry to endorse resignations en masse submitted by PTI MPs. Notably, 123 PTI members of the National Assembly collectively tendered their resignations on April 11, two days after party chairman Imran Khan was ousted as prime minister in a no-confidence motion.

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