PTI's Back in The Parliament
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was a non-party for seven months from the National Assembly and provincial assemblies of Punjab and Sindh, on Sunday decided to re-join the Parliament.
As the government granted PTI's demand of a judicial commission Central Executive Committee (CEC) of PTI met today to discuss the party's fate assemblies.
"We have decided to attend the joint session of Parliament tomorrow. We will join the assemblies and play the role of a true opposition. The Yemen issue is very
important. Pakistan is already paying the price for being involved in someone else’s war... I will attend myself and present my party's point of view", Imran Khan said speaking to reporters.
The prime minister have summoned a joint session on Monday to discuss Pakistan's role in the Middle East and Yemen Crisis became a major factor behind the decision for PTI to re-join the Parliament.
Earlier, PTI MNA Dr. Azhar Jadoon told media that the CEC of the party collectively agreed on the decision to join the parliament as major demand of PTI were met regarding the Judicial Commission to probe the allegations of the rigging in the general elections of May 2013.
“Some MNA’s of the PTI also opposed the decision of the CEC as they believe that the party should wait until the actual formation of the commission because only an ordinance has been promulgated until now,” the PTI MNA added.
PTI, on August 18 2014, boycotted the national and provincial assembles as all other options of relief against alleged election rigging were exhausted.
With the PTI out of the assembly, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq — the same successful candidate who’s constituency Khan alleges was rigged in the election — was under pressure to end the impasse swiftly and amicably.
Sadiq was caught between making a decision on the already-submitted PTI resignations and acceding to requests to delay their acceptance, so that a political solution could be negotiated.
Ultimately, the speaker maintained that unless he could personally verify each member’s intent to resign -- as stipulated in Rule 43(2) B of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of the National Assembly, 2007 -- he would not proceed.
Later, Sadiq informed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that he was unable to confirm the “genuineness” of the resignations submitted by legislators belonging to the PTI.
“I am directed to further inform you that in spite of our consistent efforts, the members of the PTI whose resignations were received in this secretariat have avoided to come forward to verify the genuineness and voluntary nature of their resignations,” said a letter sent by the speaker to the ECP end October last year.
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