Imran’s lawmakers quit National Assembly of Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party on Friday submitted their resignations from the
National Assembly of Pakistan, the lower house of parliament.
Pakistan Tehreek i-Insaf leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi,
Arif Alvi and Shireen Mazari submitted the resignations of all 34 MNAs to the
NA speaker’s office, including that of chairman Imran Khan.
The resignations come as the party has been engaged in
protests and sit-ins against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government
over alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.
The party had earlier decided to resign from all
assemblies except the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, a province where it is in
power. The PTI became the third largest party clinching 35 seats out of 336
seats in the 2013 National Assembly polls.
Imran Khan claimed that the elections were rigged and
demanded that fresh elections be held.
Pakistan’s parliament Thursday unanimously passed a
resolution rejecting demands by Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri of the Pakistan
Awami Tehreek party for the resignation of Prime Minister Sharif and
dissolution of provincial assemblies.
Sharif has ruled out resigning, but agreed to discuss
other demands of the two leaders including a call for investigation into the
alleged rigging in last year's election.
Earlier on Wednesday, the court had issued notice to
Imran Khan and Qadri restraining them from trespassing into prohibited zones. The
protests were launched Aug 14 from Lahore and later reached Islamabad where the
protestors entered the high security Red Zone that houses important government