‘PTI to resign from all assemblies except KP’

Qureshi says doors for negotiation open

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday said that the party has decided to resign from the National Assembly and all provincial assemblies except Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The resignations are to be submitted to the relevant speakers on Tuesday morning. The announcement was made by PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi who said that the decision was made after all other options were exhausted by the party in their protests against alleged rigging in the May 2013 general election.

Qureshi said that discussions were still being held regarding resignations from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. He said that the approach of the government and PTI was as different as day and night. “Nawaz Sharif said election was the cleanest in Pakistan's history; we said that it was the worst. He says that the Election Commission was independent, we say it was biased,” he said.

“They said that the caretaker government was decided by consensus, we say that two political parties decided the caretaker government,” he said. The announcement comes after PTI chief Imran Khan held a meeting of the core committee. To a question, Qureshi said that the doors of negotiations have not been closed.

“But we suspected government's intentions before and we suspect their intentions now,” he said. Members of the core committee raised their reservations over the civil disobedience movement but sources have learnt that their concerns were addressed.

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