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Hashmi withdraws resignation from Senate

Updated June 06, 2017

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Suspended PML-N leader Nehal Hashmi on Tuesday withdrew his resignation from the Senate after a meeting with chairman Raza Rabbani, sources told DawnNews.

Hashmi had submitted his resignation after a video surfaced last week in which he lashed out at "those investigating" Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family.

In the video, the senator had warned that those conducting the investigation will be "taken to task" for grilling the premier's family. Subsequently, his party membership was suspended by the PML-N.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar had taken suo motu notice of Hashmi's remarks and ordered the attorney general to explore what charges could be brought against him.

On Sunday, police had registered a case against Nehal Hashmi over charges of using threatening language against the judiciary and public servants, and disrupting judicial proceedings.

Hashmi has submitted a written application seeking the withdrawal of his resignation, sources told DawnNews.

Sources said that Rabbani later discussed the legal aspects of the matter with Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid in his chamber, along with senators Pervaiz Rashid and Mushahidullah Khan.

Mushahidullah, speaking to reporters outside Rabbani's chambers, said he opposed Hashmi's decision to withdraw his resignation. He added that the former PML-N leader should adhere to the party's disciplinary actions. Rashid told reporters they had urged the Senate chairman to accept Hashmi's resignation.

Sources said that Hashmi's legal team had suggested he withdraw his resignation if he wished to avoid arrest and other legal proceedings.