National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has approved the resignations of an additional 43 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf members of the lower house.
Under the condition of anonymity, representatives of the speaker’s office as per local media reports claimed that Ashraf had approved the resignations a few days prior and had given a summary to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The resignations were approved, which is intriguing because 45 PTI MNAs attempted to meet with the speaker the day before to have their resignations revoked.
Prominent PTI leader Fawad Chauhdry responded to the development by stating that Raja Riaz’s removal as opposition leader was the primary motivation for the PTI’s small-scale return to the assembly because it had “no value.”
Fawad tweeted that Shehbaz Sharif is currently counting on lotas (turncoats) to maintain his administration because he has lost the backing of 172 lawmakers.
He claimed that 40% of the seats are currently empty as a result of the speaker’s efforts to save Raja Riaz.
Elections in the nation will soon be held. General elections are the only way to solve this issue, according to Fawad.
The PTI lawmakers collectively offered their resignations after the Imran Khan-led government was overthrown by a no-confidence vote in April of last year.
Following Asad Qaiser’s departure, the PTI alleged that resignations were accepted by the former deputy speaker Qasim Suri without the speaker’s presence.
Speaker Ashraf announced that every one of the remaining lawmakers will be called in for verification to stop the resignations from being accepted.
Contrary to his assertions, he accelerated the procedure after PTI indicated earlier in the month that it would return to the assembly and put the PM to the test by announcing a no-trust motion.
Currently, 81 members have been de-notified, while 124 PTI MNAs have had their resignations accepted.