PTI moves IHC against NA speaker, ECP for tolerating acquiescences of just 11 MNAs

PTI pioneer Asad Umar converses with media outside Islamabad High Court on Monday. — TheOkaraNewsTV

The PTI documented a request in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday against National Assembly (NA) Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for “organizing the show” of tolerating the renunciations of just 11 party legislators when the whole party had surrendered months prior.

All the PTI officials had surrendered altogether on April 11, two days after previous top state leader Imran Khan was expelled from the top office after the no-certainty movement moved by the joint resistance in the parliament against him succeeded.

Ali Muhammad Khan, Fazal Muhammad Khan, Shaukat Ali, Fakhar Zaman Khan, Farrukh Habib, Jamil Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Akram Cheema, Abdul Shakoor Shad, Dr Shireen Mazari, Shandana Gulzar Khan and Ijaz Ahmed Shah are the officials whose abdications had been acknowledged.

The request documented today, a duplicate of which is accessible with Dawn.com, expressed that the current speaker of the NA had no “legal power or purview” to direct the course of confirmation of the renunciations of 123 PTI MNAs as they had previously been acknowledged by then speaker Qasim Suri.

“Consequently, the censured demonstration of the current speaker is unreasonable being unlawful, illegal, inappropriate, malafide, prejudicial, and politically spurred.”

It said that Ashraf “will undoubtedly inform” the renunciations “en alliance” to the ECP.

The request said the ECP ought to be coordinated to “denotify every one of the 123 individuals without a moment’s delay and a similar time as opposed to doing it in a piecemeal way” and “issue the time plan for the by-decisions”.

Because of the defer in holding the surveys, the solicitor as well as the constituents, were being denied of their sacred privileges to take part in the administration of the country, the appeal added.

Later at night, PTI’s supplication was acknowledged for hearing and been fixed for Tuesday (August 2). It will be heard by Justice Aamer Farooq.

‘ECP not an independent institution anymore’

Independently, conversing with media outside court recently, PTI general-secretary Asad Umar claimed that the ECP was at this point not an “free organization” and had turned into a “political respondent”.

“In April, our parliamentary chief Shah Mehmood Qureshi had reported in the gathering that all the 123 PTI MNAs needed to leave. The whole country saw it on their TV screens.

“Why is the ECP doing this show,” he requested, scrutinizing the law under which the appointive body had just acknowledged 11 acquiescences in the wake of “sitting on them for 3.5 months”.

Umar said that the commission had a past filled with taking unlawful choices, emphasizing that 80% individuals of the nation had lost trust in ECP.

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