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National Assembly Speaker Pervez Ashraf Accepts 35 PTI Members’ Resignations

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

Raja Pervez Ashraf, Speaker of the National Assembly on Tuesday accepted the resignations of at least 35 members of the National Assembly belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The Election Committee of Pakistan de-notified 35 PTI Members of the National Assembly shortly after their pending resignations were accepted by the National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf. The move is considered a surprise for the PTI when Imran Khan hinted at returning to the National Assembly earlier in the week.

Imran Khan the ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan and Chairman of PTI plans to enter the National Assembly to seek a vote of confidence besides ensuring non-participation of their dissident members in the expected vote of confidence against the prime minister.

“We have accepted the resignations of 35 MNAs who were insisting on the acceptance of their request, in light of the established rules and regulations of the country,” Speaker of the National Assembly said.

The PTI had announced en-bloc resignations from the lower house of the parliament in April after the PTI Chief Imran Khan was deposed as leader of the house (Prime Minister).

The resignation of eleven MPs was accepted in July accord Raja Pervez Ashraf. The surprise move came as the country was faced with a dire economic situation. According to estimates, the expenditure of conducting elections has multi-folded in the last years due to unprecedented price hikes.

PTI Chief Imran Khan has already announced the dissolution of two assemblies (Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa). The estimate of conducting polls in one assembly is approximately 22 Billion Pakistani Rupees, a massive amount for a shaken economy to manage.

Political experts viewed that accepting group resignations were aimed at thwarting the move to make successful the expected ‘vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

President Arif Alvi may ask for a vote of confidence to the PM in the coming days. The government is making a plan to conduct general polls on the same day in the country, blocking the chances for PTI to be part of a constitutional process of selecting a caretaker setup in the center.

In response to this move, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi lashed out at the Election Commission of Pakistan and the government and alleged that this action was taken to save Shehbaz Sharif whose prime ministership was in jeopardy.

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