No-Confidence Motion Against Chief Minister
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Pervez Khattak decided to skip a meeting with the NA (National Assembly) speaker at the last minute. Subsequently, PTI Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan asked them to visit him in Lahore for an explanation on the matter and talk about a possible no-confidence motion against the chief minister.
On Thursday, a crucial meeting was held between NA Speaker Pervaiz Ashraf and the PTI delegation, led by former NA speaker Asad Qaiser. The PTI delegation comprised Qasim Khan Suri, Amjad Khan Niazi, Faheem Khan, Amjad Khan Niazi, Malik Amir Dogar, Shabbir Khan Lal, Ataullah and Tahir Iqbal.
Issue of Resignations of PTI Leaders
The meeting failed to solve the issue of resignations of PTI leaders from the National Assembly. The NA speaker reportedly said that the PTI’s lawmakers would be summoned individually for verification of their resignations.
The party announced mass resignations from the National Assembly in April this year. The speaker accepted the resignations of 11 PTI lawmakers in July 2022. The party urged the speaker to accept their resignations collectively, however, Ashraf said he would accept the resignation of lawmakers one by one. PTI said that the move to accept only 11 of the resignations was ‘unconstitutional’.
Members of National Assembly
In Thursday’s meeting, PTI asked the speaker to verify the resignations of about 127 MNAs (Members of the National Assembly) without summoning them. Later on, the speaker urged the PTI lawmakers to come back to parliament and talk about their concerns. He said that the resignations of PTI members could only be completed following the Constitution and the Rules of Business of the National Assembly.
PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said that they would approach the Supreme Court to ensure that PTI members’ resignations are accepted by the NA. He demanded that mass resignation must be accepted by the NA speaker.