PTI De-seating in discussion, PM to Chair Session
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is chairing a meeting of parliamentary parties at his chamber in Parliament to seek consultation from political parties on the on-going issue of the de-seating of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers.
The agenda of the meeting is to decide whether to form a parliamentary commission on the report of a judicial commission, which was formed to probe alleged poll rigging; how the PTI should be treated in the lower house and do decide the fate of PTI MNAs.
“The prime minister’s meeting with parliamentary leaders is in continuation of the deliberation process with political parties since PTI’s dharna,” a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) official told media.
The prime minister and parliamentary leaders will discuss a proposal forwarded by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to form a parliamentary commission to probe the perpetrators, financiers and motivators of the dharna.
The PML-N is largely not in favour of the proposal, sources said, adding that a majority of the political parties in the National Assembly, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), are not in favour of this proposal. However, today’s meeting will decide on this issue.
As for how to deal with the pending resolution seeking to de-seat PTI MNAs over their absence from the NA, the PML-N and the PPP are against the resolution but participants of the meeting are said to be discussing the issue comprehensively.
According to reports, except for the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) — the parties which moved the resolution against the PTI — all other political parties are against the de-seating.
Further, it is expected that parliamentary leaders of other parties will try to persuade the two parties to settle their issues with the PTI outside Parliament instead of on the floor of the house.
Participants of the meeting will also deliberate and make recommendations.
PTI parliamentarians, meanwhile, were not been invited to attend the meeting.
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