LAHORE: The main opposition party in the Punjab Assembly, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), quit the assembly on Wednesday on the advise of party Chairman Imran Khan.
Under the party policy 28 out of 30 legislators submitted their resignations to the Assembly Secretary Rai Mumtaz on Wednesday. Two members of the provincial assembly, Nighat Intasar Bhatti PP-107 (Hafizabad-III) and Muhammad Jahanzaib Khan Khichi PP-239 (Vehari-VIII), have yet to decide on resigning from the House and have not handed over their resignations to Opposition Leader Mian Mehmoodur Rashid, who is also the parliamentary leader of the PTI in the Punjab Assembly.
The PTI’s legislators who have been resigned are: Abdul Majeed Khan Niazi PP-262 (Layyah-I), Ahmad Ali Khan Dreshak PP-243 (Dera Ghazi Khan-IV), Ahmed Khan Bhachar PP-45 (Mianwali-III), Asif Mehmood PP-9 (Rawalpindi-IX), Ijaz Khan PP-12 (Rawalpindi-XII), Javed Akhtar PP-195 (Multan-II), Khurram Shehzad PP-72 (Faisalabad-XXII), Malik Taimoor Masood PP-8 (Rawalpindi-VIII), Masood Shafqat PP-189 (Okara-V), Mian Mehmood ur Rashid PP-151 (Lahore-XV), Mian Muhammad Aslam Iqbal PP-148 (Lahore-XII), Mian Mumtaz Ahmad Maharwi PP-280 (Bahawanagar-IV), Muhammad Arif Abbasi PP-13 (Rawalpindi-XIII), Muhammad Sibtain Khan PP-46 (Mianwali-IV), Muhammad Siddique Khan PP-7 (Rawalpindi-VII), Muhammad Zaheer ud Din Khan Alizai PP-194 (Multan-I), Murad Rass PP-152 (Lahore-XVI), Nabela Hakim Ali Khan W-358, Naheed Naeem W-359, Nausheen Hamid W-356, Raheela Anwar W-357, Raja Rashid Hafeez PP-11 (Rawalpindi-XI), Saadia Sohail Rana W-355, Salah ud Din Khan PP-44 (Mianwali-II), Sardar Ali Raza Khan Dreshak PP-247 (Rajanpur-I), Shunila Ruth NM-371, Syed Ejaz Hussain Bukhari PP-15 (Attock-I), Waheed Asghar Dogar PP-224 (Sahiwal-V).
Opposition leader Mian Mehmood along with other party legislators, including Ahmad Ali Bachar, Sabtain Khan, Ijaz Ahmad Jazi, Dr Murad Raas, Shafqat Masud Rebaira and Sadia Sohail Rana, gave all 28 resignations to the secretary in his office. They approached the secretary’s office in the assembly secretariat on Wednesday and after filing the resignations, they held a press conference at the opposition chamber.
Giving a briefing to the media persons, the opposition leader and other members confirmed that they had filed 28 out of 30 members’ resigns have been submitted to the Punjab Assembly secretary. They said that other two legislators also agreed to the party policy and hopefully they would also tender their resignations soon. He said that they had quit the Punjab Assembly “because the sitting government come into power after rigging”. He said that they had made all possible efforts for justice against rigging but did not get it.
Mehmood said that it has been confirmed that any illegal, immoral and undemocratic act would ultimately surrender and those would be on mistake if think the system could be run without PTI. He said that all elections were stolen because of the “puppet election commission”. The PTI leader said that they would not rest until bringing the issue of rigging to a logical conclusion and unmasking those who rigged the May 2013 elections. He further stated that they would also not rest until punishment of the accused authorities of this rigging. He said that Imran had knocked every door to get justice and used every option but in vain so now they had resigned in protest against this rigging.
He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should resign otherwise the second round of PTI protest would be painful for the PML-N government. Strongly criticising the “bad governance” of the PML-N government in Punjab, Mehmood said that the Sharif family had shifted from a small house to a “palace” of hundreds of kanals at Jati Umra during their rule in Punjab in the last 23 years, while on the other hand, poor of the province even lacked facilities to bury their dead. Mahmood also said that southern Punjab had been badly affected in development projects, as Shahbaz Sharif released only 20 percent fund to the area development in its government.
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