NA vote to de-seat PTI lawmakers deferred till Thursday

Published August 4, 2015
MQM and JUI-F had moved [motions to vacate the seats of 28 PTI members][1] of the National Assembly (MNAs) under clause 2 of article 64 of the constitution of Pakistan over the absence of the legislators without leave in the assembly sittings for forty consecutive days during the party's sit-in in Islamabad.   — AFP/file
MQM and JUI-F had moved [motions to vacate the seats of 28 PTI members][1] of the National Assembly (MNAs) under clause 2 of article 64 of the constitution of Pakistan over the absence of the legislators without leave in the assembly sittings for forty consecutive days during the party's sit-in in Islamabad. — AFP/file

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Tuesday referred till Thursday the matter of voting on the motions submitted by the Jamiat-i-Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to deseat the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MNA’s.

MQM and JUI-F had moved motions to vacate the seats of 28 PTI members of the National Assembly (MNAs) under clause 2 of article 64 of the constitution of Pakistan over the absence of the legislators without leave in the assembly sittings for forty consecutive days during the party's sit-in in Islamabad.

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JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman maintained that motions should be deferred for a few days to complete the consultation with fellow legislators, politicians and party members.

“If the government and the other political parties succeed to convince us for the withdrawal the motion then we can withdraw our motion to de-seat PTI MNA’s,” the JUI-F Chief said. He said that his party wants the supremacy of the constitution and continuation of political system in the country.

MQM Leader Dr Farooq Sattar said that the strengthening of democracy is not possible without abiding by the constitution.

“A request should come from PTI leadership for condoning their absence from the parliament for forty days,” he said.

Leaders belonging to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) persuaded the MQM and JUI-F to take back the resolutions.

Earlier during the day, State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed had also requested the leadership of JUI-F and the MQM to withdraw their motions regarding de-seating of 28 members of the PTI.

PTI stages walkout

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNAs led by Shah Mahmood Qureshi, however, staged a walkout from the National Asseembly, maintaining that they do not want to ruin the atmosphere of the session by their presence.

“We are elected and are not going to beg anyone for mercy on this matter,” Qureshi told journalists outside the National Assembly.

The PTI leader maintained that no party has shown concern over our return to parliament and want us to play our role except for JUI and MQM but they will not sit in the lower house until the fellow parliamentarians decide their fate.

The senior politician maintained that his party left no stone unturned to solve the ‘rigging’ issue through judicial means but the efforts met with disappointment, forcing the party to stage a sit-in.

“Then the govt set up an inquiry commission, it ruled and we accepted its verdict”, claimed Qureshi.

Qureshi added that the PTI's lawmakers only offered their resignations in protest against the unjust attitude of the government in this regard.

Earlier Finance Minister Ishaq Dar requested MQM and JUI-F to take back their resolutions while the Speaker of the house Ayaz Sadiq also announced that he still stands by his decision of not accepting the PTI MNAs’ resignations. Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also held a meeting with the parliamentary leaders regarding the issue of de-seating of PTI members but failed to convince the leaders of the JUI-F and the MQM to withdraw their motions in this regard.

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that the motions moved by the JUI-F and the MQM will take time to find a solution.

Khawaja also said that the PTI leaders should avoid criticizing their opponents without any reason while the government wants PTI members back in assembly that’s why the government is sincere in its efforts for a solution and trying to convince MQM and the JUI-F in this regard.

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Sahibzada Tariqullah, Awami Muslim League (AML) president Shaikh Rashid Ahmed, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Leader Mahmood Khan Achakzai, PML-Z Leader Ijazul Haq, PML-N MNA Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Awami National Party leader Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Jamshed Dasti, MQM MNA Rashid Godil also said that the matter should not be prolonged and decided at the earliest.

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