Speaker Raja Parvez Ashraf has declared that the rules of National Assembly are clear on resignations and he will not accept any resignation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member contrary to the Constitution and law.

“I will not accept resignations in haste. The resignations will be accepted according to rules and regulations,” he said while talking to the media in the Parliament House on Wednesday.

The speaker said he waited for the delegation of PTI for a meeting on resignations on Wednesday but they did not turn up.

Now it was agreed with them that they would come today (Thursday) to meet him.

Speaker Parvez Ashraf said that PTI’s former chief whip Malik Amir Dogar contacted him by phone when he was in Larkana. He told me that a representative delegation of PTI wanted to meet him on party members’ resignations.

“Dogar told me that some of the PTI leaders wanted to meet me about their resignations; however, I told him that I will meet all of them separately and not in groups,” added the speaker.

The NA speaker said that the resignations should be written by a lawmaker himself as per rules.

He said he informed Dogar him about his presence and told him that he had been waiting for the PTI delegation in his office since morning. “Dogar informed me the PTI delegation would visit him on Thursday instead of Wednesday.”

He said the PTI delegation would now call on him at the Parliament House on Thursday at 11:30 am.

Commenting on the confirmation of resignations, he said that as a speaker of the National Assembly, he would not commit any act against the Constitution and law.

“A PTI member from Karachi submitted an affidavit in the court that he did not resign,” he said.

Speaker Parvez Ashraf said that Shah Mehmood Qureshi was a respectable and seasoned politician and he would be welcomed in parliament. He expressed his desire that the members of PTI should return to the assembly and play their constitutional role.

He said parliament is the platform of representatives of 22 crore people and the country’s problems could only be resolved only through this parliament. He stressed the need to think beyond politics for the sake of the country.

“There is a need to think beyond politics when it comes to the country. We all should work for the survival of the country,” he concluded.

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