Pakistan opposition party lawmakers to quit

Respresentatives belonging to Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party will stand down from national and regional assemblies.

Pakistan opposition party lawmakers to quit

World Bulletin / News Desk

Lawmakers belonging to Imran Khan’s political party will quit Pakistan’s national and regional assemblies, the former cricketer announced as he turned up the pressure on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, known as the PTI, is one of the opposition parties trying to force Sharif to stand-down over allegations of electoral fraud in last year’s general election.

On Monday, the party declared PTI lawmakers would stand down from the national assembly and two provincial assemblies, Sindh and Punjab. The party’s representatives will not resign in north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province, where they enjoy a majority and form the government.

Party Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshui said PTI lawmakers “are going to resign to accelerate our movement for fresh elections under the supervision of a free and fair election commission.”

The PTI has 35 seats in the national assembly, 25 in the Punjab assembly and four seats in the Sindh assembly.

Khan, who has been in the capital Islamabad since August 15 with thousands of supporters, has already called for a campaign of civil disobedience.

Qureshi did specify a timescale for the resignations.

According to Pakistan’s constitution, the assembly speaker must accept a lawmaker’s resignation for it to be effective.

Tahir ul Qadri, the controversial religious leader who is the other central figure calling for Sharif’s resignation, announced countrywide sit-ins from Tuesday to put more pressure on the government.

He told protestors in Islamabad on Monday: “I call upon all my supporters and workers of allied parties to stage sit-ins across the country from tomorrow.”

Last Mod: 19 Ağustos 2014, 10:05
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