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‘Angry’ PTI MNAs opposed to resignation form group

Updated Aug 24, 2014 12:15pm

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PTI supporters listen to Imran Khan’s speech at the sit-in here on Saturday. — Photo by AP
PTI supporters listen to Imran Khan’s speech at the sit-in here on Saturday. — Photo by AP

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Members of National Assembly from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa opposed to resignation from the lower house have formed their own group and elected their own chairman to serve as focal person within the party and the parliament, a party insider told Dawn on Saturday.

A party parliamentarian told Dawn that the group consists of 13 MNAs. They have elected MNA Gulzar Khan as their leader. A vice chairman of the group has also been elected.

Gulzar Khan, a retired bureaucrat who had joined PTI shortly before last year’s general election, was elected MNA from NA-4, Peshawar-4, receiving 55,134 votes against a PML -N candidate, Nasir Khan Musazai. He has a heart condition and has been staying put in Peshawar for medical treatment.

The party insider said Gulzar Khan was conveyed the decision of his appointment as leader of the dissident MNAs, along with the name of the deputy chairman, on Friday evening. The source claimed that more MNAs from PTI were considering joining the dissident group.

The meeting of the dissident MNAs was held after behind-the-scenes deliberation following the PTI core committee’s statement about the resignation of its lawmakers. A member of the dissident group disclosed to Dawn names of some of the MNAs who, he claimed, had decided not to resign their seats.

The convener of the dissident PTI parliamentarians from KP was not available for comment and his cell phone remained switched off.

“We had told Imran Khan that we would resign only if the KP chief minister, ministers and MPAs resigned. We will not quit our seats without them,” the dissident said.

He said that the party leadership’s attempt to save their government in KP and at the same time asking MNAs to resign, smacked of opportunism. “There is no principle here,” the lawmaker said.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who submitted resignation of PTI parliamentarians to the Speaker of National Assembly Secretariat, said he had not counted how many of the 34 party lawmakers have resigned, but added that two or three MNAs were out of the country and would submit their resignations upon their return.

A party leader said only three MNAs from KP have so far not submitted their resignations and they had been asked to furnish them as soon as possible.

A source in the federal capital, however, claimed the PTI had submitted seventeen resignations, some addressed to the chairman of the party, rather than the Speaker of National Assembly.

Jehangir Tareen, a PTI leader who is regarded as Imran Khan’s confidant, did not reply to a question about the development.

Another lawmaker said the decision to quit the National Assembly was arbitrary and had been made without consulting the party’s legislators. “We have been pushed into a blind alley,” the lawmaker bemoaned.

“Even if we resign and our resignations are accepted, what next,” the party legislator wondered. “Nobody seems to have an answer to this,” he said, adding that the question was raised at the party’s core committee meeting too.

Published in Dawn, August 24th, 2014

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Pakistani Aug 24, 2014 07:18am

Thank god ik did not proceed further with such sheep's in party. It served as litmus test to identify friend and foe

Voter Aug 24, 2014 07:22am

Rebellion within PTI. I am not surprised after IK stubborness. I cannot blame all those MNAs.

Don News Aug 24, 2014 07:23am

With writeups like this one emanating from Peshawar on regular basis, almost every other day now, it seems the sound reputation and credibility of DAWN newspaper earned not over months but years and decades is being terribly dented. I happen to know the aforementioned MNAs personally, and I just sent an SMS to GK and others who have vehemently denied existence of any such group and called it disinformation by those who are opposed to PTI. Sorry to say DAWN, if you don't stop with such stooping unethical practices I will have to end my newspaper subscription with you

Waqar Qureshi Aug 24, 2014 07:34am

Still March will continue till Nawaz resigns :)

Jungraiz Aug 24, 2014 08:07am

Good for them. Imran Khan is 15 months too late doing this. PTI should work on making KPK as a model for their success in other provinces and MNAs should act as vocal opposition, not as angry children throwing tantrums.

Hamid Aug 24, 2014 08:27am

Interesting! and still he balmes PML(N) for monarchy

Mohammedafzal Aug 24, 2014 08:27am

@Jungraiz Agreed 100 per cent.

jalal Aug 24, 2014 12:35pm

RIP, pti!!!

israr Aug 24, 2014 12:39pm

political career of these MNs are at risk. they should not forget that they are here because of IK. they themselves have no vote bank in the province

Khaled Aug 24, 2014 12:50pm

This was bound to happen, its only the beginning.

Baba De Kamaqlano Aug 24, 2014 12:50pm

@Pakistani. It is not an easy job to get elected MNA /MPA in Pakistan as it requires huge investments and if one can,t even recover the principal amount then who will go for such business of losses only.

Atam Vetta Aug 24, 2014 12:52pm

I have said before that IK does not really understand the Pak politicians. They do not spend Rs millions to get elected just to resign. Further, if he insists on resignations, most of them will form their own PTI Parliamentary Group with their own leader and as a majority of them will join it, there is nothing that IK or, indeed, anyone else can do about it. The Speaker will have to recognise this Group.

usman Aug 24, 2014 01:04pm

True face of corrupt leader coming out and leaving IK when he needs them all. All the best IK, let them be away from you so at the end you have perfect people with you to lead us. You are the true leader for Pakistan.

Dr Khan' Aug 24, 2014 01:21pm

No sensible person can understand this logic that KP elections were free and fair because PTI has won and all other elections were rigged as PTI lost.Same election commission conducted both elections .MNAs must be confused by this hypocrisy.Pervez Khattak taking all state vehicles and police protocol to Islamabad and dancing on occasion of death of so many people of his province itself must have disappointed his MNAs.Ministers shipping people from KP on state expense must also be embarassing for some of PTI friends.

Kalim Aug 24, 2014 01:47pm

@Don News I personally know one of the MNAs who is not going to resign and is quite angry with the party leader.

tac Aug 24, 2014 02:20pm

First they did not submit resignation to speaker directly and wait till speaker left for Lahore after assembly session and presented resignations to secretary national assembly. Now they are using their allied party Jamat Islami to make these resignations ineffective. Hypocrisy like traditional political parties.

Arif Aslam Khan Aug 24, 2014 02:31pm

Gulzar Khan, my Political Science Lecturer in Govt College Abbottabad in early 70s,who later joined Civil Serviced & excelled was a man of integrity & had great leadership qualities,I don't know what happened in between and I am disappointed to read this news item as I always believed he will stand by the truth.I still hope and trust he will not defy his Party's stance which will bring bad name to him because in next Election he would stand nowhere without PTI's support.

Umar Aug 24, 2014 02:37pm

IK to give us a "new" Pakistan. First give us a New PTI

Humble opinion Aug 24, 2014 02:52pm

Power hungry politicians. Are they elected to rule or serve the people?

Insafseeker Aug 24, 2014 02:54pm

It won't deter IK from his struggle against the forces of status quo. .his fight is not to come into power..but it is aimed at getting Pakistan rid of these corrupt politicians whose profession is politics to make billions from public funds.

Bashir Abbasi Aug 24, 2014 02:56pm

Amazing report, its quite clear that there is rift among the parliamentarians of PTI. in the current situation party has to manage these conflicts on both sides, such the continuity of sit in on one hand and to save party break up on the other hand. And both situations seems to be dire in nature at this strange environment. Those who wanted to destabilize and fail the government, they to collect the debris of PTI now. It seems as if the Imran khan has axed on his on foot.

A True Fact Aug 24, 2014 02:59pm

@Kalim He is only angry cuz he isn't getting a chance to make any money! :p

Mohammad Aug 24, 2014 03:04pm

@Don News you keep dreaming Mr. Don you are trying to blackmail like your leader, please change this mentality Dawn had history everyone knows what their reporting and ethical standards are.

Ahmed Aziz Aug 24, 2014 03:31pm

IK is a dictator who is forcing unwilling MNA's to resign to fulfill his greed. If half the MNA's have not submitted the resignations and formed a group opposing it then its a dissent. IK is advised to control his party in a democratic means and then sit on dharna.

Riaz Aug 24, 2014 03:35pm

rumours are that Javed hashmi is going to resign frm party within few days or after the end of dharna

Darkanu Aug 24, 2014 03:48pm

They are opportunists to sail the boat of IK after witnessing the direction of political wind in the province.

Napier Mole Aug 24, 2014 03:54pm

Time that PTI workers took out a long march against their leaders for leading them into a blind alley and for losing all the clout that PTI once possessed.

Faisal Aug 24, 2014 03:57pm

And they remembered all of this after tendering their resignations. How cute!

Captain Aug 24, 2014 04:03pm

most of the MNA's who won from KPK got votes because of imran khan, they should keep that in mind they would have never won if this was not for the name of IK

asif Aug 24, 2014 04:15pm

Pakistanis can't give up the pay and perks for principles. To think PTI is different is naive, they are Pakistanis. If I were a foreigner I would never trust anyone in Pakistan after following political news for a few months.

adil jadoon Aug 24, 2014 04:56pm

@Hamid rightly so!

adil jadoon Aug 24, 2014 04:57pm

@Ahmed Aziz they don't have to resign and take a stand?

Nasser Aug 24, 2014 05:00pm

Imran Khan, wake up! You cannot really run PTI as your kingdom. Otherwise, what is the difference between you and Nawaz?

Tayyab Aug 24, 2014 05:07pm

That's really sad that these MNA's aren't willing follow their own party chairman. This reveals true face of the whole political parties in Pakistan. Say no to this Democracy.

Tayyab Aug 24, 2014 05:13pm

PTI is just because Imran Khan, if no Imran Khan there will be no PTI. These MNA's should know that.

Khaled Aug 24, 2014 05:52pm

@Tayyab " PTI is just because Imran Khan, if no Imran Khan there will be no PTI" that's the tragedy , we go after leaders who dictate their own terms without taking consensus of other party members, and instead of building institutions and following principals we worship personalities.

Sheroz Aug 24, 2014 07:15pm

These MNAs have their last term in politics now.

Ganga Din Aug 24, 2014 10:38pm

They are not going to resign. You can count on that. At the end of the day, this guy will be standing alone on top of his expensive container.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Aug 24, 2014 11:40pm

Self interest at its peak. What a tragedy?

riaz Aug 25, 2014 02:05am

@Khaled we worship personalities for there principle stands not because they are cunning and fraud.

sameen Aug 25, 2014 02:19am

There is no meaning of PTI without Imran Khan. What are these mna's thinking to achieve.

Dr Khan' Aug 25, 2014 04:43am

PTI should try to understand their concerns and address them and bring them back to the party.Rift at this time is weakness of their leadership.

Azam Khan Aug 25, 2014 08:08am

@tac These are typical Sharif politics not PTIs.

Khaled Aug 25, 2014 10:11am

@riaz Personalities come and go, its the institutions they build and principles they followed will remain behind. Imran Khan will always be remembered for the great work he has done in building the cancer hospital, he will also be praised and honored for leading the winning side in the world cup cricket. However he will never be praised or honored for threatening to bring the government machinery at standstill , causing inconvenience to the common man of Islamabad, beside using a language to which the woman folk of Islamabad are unaccustomed to at a public forum, which amounts to conduct unbecoming on his part.

Muhammad Kashif Aug 25, 2014 11:54am

No one can be successful without the team leader. If they are not resigning it means they can not be loyal to anyone else. They firstly support AZADI MARCH and now not complying with their promises. The people like these want to make their own identity but in reality they lose their character. I am a common person, I dont want to advise them, but I know "Unity is the Best policy".

With Regards, Ravian

sattar rind Aug 26, 2014 12:40am

it always happens

Ahsen Shah Aug 26, 2014 02:09am

If there was a way of finding rats on your ship, this is the way to do it. These guys value their pathetic chairs before the good of the nation.

Azmeen Aug 26, 2014 01:11pm

@Jungraiz I totally agree.

Azmeen Aug 26, 2014 01:14pm

A solute the wisdom of these PTI MNAs who are courageous enough to stand against the King IK who cares for his ego only, not the country's constitution.

usama munir Aug 27, 2014 04:03am

this is why I as a PTI supporter always opposed Imran Khan taking "LOTAS" in the party.

Marium Aug 27, 2014 04:27am

@Azmeen: what a joke you guys have made of the word 'constitution'! What constitution? The one this govt hides behind when they need it or the one they daily break?! No political party in Pakistan has ever stayed true to the constitution. They change it as they go according to what suits them.. So let's just keep the constitution out of it!