ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Javed Hashmi on Tuesday announced his resignation from the National Assembly while extending all-out support to the parliamentary form of democracy in the country. Hashmi, who arrived in the assembly hall when JUI-F chief Fazlur Rahman was addressing the joint sitting of parliament, was greeted overwhelmingly by all sides. Several lawmakers rushed to receive him, shaking hands with him when he took his seat. Taking the floor, Hashmi claimed that most of the PTI lawmakers did not tender the resignation happily. “I am leaving the assembly of my own free will today,” the elderly politician said before the session was adjourned to meet again today (Wednesday).
Later, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also approached Hashmi and shook hands with him before leaving the assembly hall. Addressing the joint session, Hashmi said the future of the country lies only in parliamentary democratic system and the upholding of 1973 constitution. However, he urged that parliament should be made more strong and meaningful for the resolution of problems faced by the common men. He opposed the formation of a technocratic government, saying even the Supreme Court had no jurisdiction in this regard.
Hashmi deplored that since its inception since over a year, parliament could not resolve issues of the masses. He criticised ignoring parliament and asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif why did he not attend the Senate session for a whole one year. Talking about the Model Town incident, Hashmi said strict action should be take against those involved in the killing of 14 people. He said Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri once asked him to join his party but he turned down the offer. Hashmi said the PTI chairman had promised him that he will not go against the constitution, parliament and democracy.
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