JUI-F not to withdraw resolution to de-seat PTI lawmakers


ISLAMABAD: The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has decided not to withdraw a resolution seeking to de-seat Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers for remaining absent from Parliament for 40 consecutive days during their protest sit-in last year.


The JUI-F and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had prepared resolutions to table in the National Assembly on Tuesday to de-seat the PTI MNAs, but voting on the resolutions was deferred after Finance Minister Ishaq Dar asked NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq to ensure that Parliament does not rush the matter.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with leaders of political parties in Parliament on Wednesday in an effort to convince the JUI-F and MQM to withdraw the resolutions. But the government’s efforts appear to have gone in vain as both the JUI-F and the MQM have now declined to withdraw from what they say is a principle stance and a matter to upholding the law and Constitution.

During a meeting of their parliamentary party, JUI-F leaders agreed that the PTI lawmakers had tendered their resignations themselves and that they want to enter Parliament now through the backdoor.

Speaking to reporters today, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the JUI-F had not been satisfied on the constitutional aspects of the PTI MNA’s National Assembly membership.

He said that the party was raising its objection within the ambit of the constitution and that it was not based on any personal differences.

He said that in the past, legislators of the MQM had faxed their resignations and they had been accepted. The resignations of Muttahida Majil-e-Amal (MMA) lawmakers had also been accepted immediately in the past.

“On what basis is the PTI being granted concessions today?” he asked.

The JUI-F is expected to formally convey its position to the government later today.