Imran Khan overturned his own decisions, 45 PTI MPs took back their resignations in the National Assembly

Imran Khan overturned his own decisions, 45 PTI MPs took back their resignations in the National Assembly

In Pakistan, 45 MPs of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday collectively withdrew their resignation from the National Assembly on the orders of party president and former Prime Minister Imran Khan. In fact, around 123 MPs of Imran Khan’s party had decided to quit soon after being removed from power through a no-confidence vote in April last year. However, Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf had accepted only 11 of those resignations last July and said the other MPs would be called personally for verification.

But last week, in an unprecedented move, the speaker accepted 69 more resignations. After this Imran Khan’s party was forced to change its strategy. Soon after, Imran Khan ordered his party’s MPs to withdraw their resignations in order to force the government to allow PTI to become the main opposition party in parliament.

Party leaders clarified

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Senior leader Asad Umar said that the MPs informed Speaker Ashraf about the decision by sending an email. Omar tweeted that our next step would be the nomination of the Leader of the Opposition. The Leader of the Opposition in the House is an important player because the Acting Prime Minister appointed to oversee the elections is nominated after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition.

PTI wants the post of leader of the opposition

At the same time, former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary has said that he took the decision to withdraw his resignation so that the party could take back the post of Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Parliamentary Party. In the absence of PTI, the post of Leader of the Opposition was allotted to dissident MPs from Imran Khan’s party who refused to resign. Apart from this, PTI MPs staged a sit-in outside the speaker’s house to force him to accept their requests immediately.

The party’s MPs also met Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) officials in Islamabad and requested that they should not be notified if the Speaker of the National Assembly approves their resignations. PTI made the request after informing the election body that their MPs are withdrawing their resignations and the speaker has been informed about the same.

Why are you taking back your resignation?

Let us tell you that so far the resignations of a total of 80 PTI MPs have been accepted. But it is still the largest opposition party. This move to withdraw the resignations may help play a role in the appointment of a caretaker government before the elections. Imran Khan’s party has already dissolved the provincial assemblies of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to pressure the federal government to hold early elections.

So far the government has refused to announce mid-term elections, saying that elections to the dissolved assemblies must be held within 90 days and in mid-August 60 days after the end of the current term of the federal parliament. .