MQM, JUI-F tables resolution to de-seat PTI MNAs


ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers from Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) on Tuesday tabled a resolution in National Assembly seeking de-seating of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNAs.


However, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided not to favour the resolution tabled by PTI’s political rivals.

The resolution was tabled in the house by MQM’s Salman Khan Baloch and JUI-F’s Naima Kishwar when the session begun with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.

The resolution seeks disqualification of PTI lawmakers, including PTI Chairman Imran Khan, for not attending assembly proceedings for seven months during the party’s sit-in last year.

Under the rules, any MNA could be de-seated in case of his/her absence from lower house of the Parliament for 40 consecutive days.

When the resolution was tabled, Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar called for adjournment of the motion against PTI. “Please don’t take any action. We should find a solution outside this house for which I want to contact all party leaders,” he said, seeking negotiations to resolve the issue.

Sources said the ruling clique has decided not to support the motion. In this regard, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held meetings with his cabinet members on Monday and Tuesday and issued directives to them.

Reports said Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the major opposition party in the National Assembly, is also in no mood to support the resolution.

Meanwhile, the speaker adjourned the motion till Thursday on request of Isaq Dar.