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Deadlock on PTI MNAs resignations

The nomination papers can be obtained from the Legislative Branch. Source: FILE.

ISLAMABAD: Deadlock still remains over the resignation of PTI members from the National Assembly, newly elected Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf has decided to reconsider the resignations of PTI members.

According to details, Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has directed the Assembly Secretariat to resubmit the resignations of PTI members before him. PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq says resignations cannot be accepted constitutionally.

The Speaker directed the National Assembly Secretariat to deal with the matter of resignations as per the previous rulings and rules and present them before him so that action could be taken as per law.

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Giving technical details of accepting the resignations, Ayaz Sadiq said the National Assembly Secretariat had received cyclostyle resignations whereas those should be handwritten by every member.

Moreover, he said, every individual should verify their resignation which was not done. He claimed that he had received calls from a number of PTI members who said that they did not want to resign. “The ruling given by me in this regard was upheld by the Islamabad High Court that was not challenged in the Supreme Court,” he argued.

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