Resignations from PTI MNAs pour in ahead of PM election

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has reportedly decided to tender his resignation as a member of the National Assembly ahead of the election for the new prime minister of Pakistan.

The decision was reportedly made during the PTI’s parliamentary party meeting.

According to the sources, Khan said: “We will not sit in this Assembly under any circumstances.” He said that PTI will not sit in the Assembly with the people “who have robbed Pakistan” and who have been imported by “foreign forces.”

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“We have made this decision to keep the institutions under pressure who want this government to run the country […] we will not let them continue.”

However, sources said that most of the parliamentary members did not favour this move by the former PM to tender resignations, and instead, advised that they should not leave the field empty and face the Opposition strongly on every front.

At this, Khan said if none of the parliamentarians resigns, he “will be the first member to sign from the assembly.”

To this, all members consented to the decision, saying that Khan has the authority to order them to resign. He further stated that the entire country saw the power of PTI on Sunday night as hordes of people came out on roads to protest against Khan’s removal.

In another major development, the PTI has also decided to boycott the election of the prime minister for which they have nominated former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

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So far, several PTI members including Hammad Azhar, Farrukh Habib, Ali Zaidi, Murad Saeed, Shireen Mizari, Shafqat Mehmood, Ali Amin Gandapur, and Ali Muhammad Khan have resigned.

While speaking to a news channel, Fawad Chaudhry said that all members will hand down their resignations to NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, who will also resign from his post after accepting the resignations.

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