ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday defered a motion to de-seat 28 Members of the National Assembly of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) under clause (2) of Article 64 of the Constitution, who were absent without leave from the Assembly, for 40 consecutive days of its sittings.
The motion was moved by Muhammad Salman Khan Baloch of MQM and Ms Naeema Kishwar Khan of JUI-F.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar told the House about the progress made so for and positive attitude of the government in this regard and suggested to defer the motion.
He said they would talk to parliamentary heads of all the political parties and find out an amicable solution to the issue.
He requested leader of the opposition Syed Khursheed Shah, who called for early taking up of the issue, to support them as it would be counter productive to put it on vote. He said they would take on board all the political parties and dividing the House was not a good thing, adding, “We want to resolve the issue to its logical end with consensus.”
Dar said further speeches would generate heating debate in the House which was not good.
Leader of the Opposition, Syed Khursheed Shah told the House that the issue should be resolved once for all as its further delay would increase more doubts.
He said yesterday’s speech of the Finance Minister in the House was a message that “We are heading successfully in the right direction.”
He expressed the hope that the finance minister, who is a wise person, would not delay it further and find out its amicable solution.
Deputy Parliamentary Leader Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Shah Mahmood Qureshi requested the Speaker not to defer the motion regarding de-seating members of PTI and find out solution of the issue once for all so that the members could play their due role effectively.
He said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had given a positive gesture not to indulge themselves in petty issues.
Qureshi said that PTI had also accepted the decision of Judicial Commission and they wanted to play their due role in the Parliament.
He also acknowledged the positive role and attitude of Saradr Ayaz Sadiq.
Jamsheed Dasti requested the movers for taking back their motion and resolve the issue, adding that all the political forces should get united on the challenges being faced by the country.
Sahibzada Tariq Ullah of JI paid rich tributes to the Speaker National Assembly on his role in the odd hours. He requested the government to close the topic and move forward with unity.
JUI-F member Naeema Kishwar said, “We could not accept the PTI as members of the National Assembly according to the rule of law and Constitution.” She said it was victory of the Parliament and democracy as the PTI has accepted the decision of Judicial Commission.
MQM legislator Qamar Naveed Jamil said the Parliament was major institution of legislation and its sanctity would be maintained if it was run according to rules and constitution.
He asked the PTI members to leave the House and come again winning through by-elections as they had resigned. “Why they are waiting the decision of Parliament,” he questioned.
Mahmood Khan Achakzai suggested the government to resolve the issue and move forward with unity and resolve the issues of masses.
He said that government and opposition should draft a resolution saying that Parliament was supreme power and there would be rule of law and constitution.
Achakzai said that he did not discuss any thing with PTI and he would sign on behalf of PTI.
MQM leader Rashid Godail said that PTI should leave the Parliament as they had resigned from the National Assembly seats and come again if they are mandated by the people.