ISLAMABAD - A parliamentary party meeting of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Wednesday reiterated its stance that its no MNA would appear before the National Assembly Speaker individually for confirmation of his/her resignation.

The parliamentary party meeting of PTI was held under the chair of Chairman Imran Khan at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House to discus the issue of summoning of PTI MNAs in groups and on various dates for confirmation of validity of their resignations.

The meeting viewed that all PTI MNAs would give their opinions to the Speaker collectively and they should call on speaker the same date.

The Speaker, the other day, had written letters to PTI MNAs asking them to come to his office for confirmation of their resignations, however, the MNAs had been called in groups and on different dates.

A PTI leader aware of the insight of the meeting said that Chairman Imran Khan had made it clear to all the MNAs that resignations were not submitted to withdraw and it was the final decision of the party to resign from the National Assembly. Khan said that it was the final decision to resign from the National Assembly as well as from provincial assemblies of Punjab and Sindh.

The leader said, however, the meeting was informed that PTI would not resign from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly for the time being.

When he was asked why PTI was not willing to resign from KP where it is a ruling party, the leader said that the purpose of the submission of resignations was to increase pressure on the government to meet the party's demands and it could not do so in KP as it had other coalition partners there. "We have given some assurances to our coalition partners and we cannot backtrack," he said. The resignations from KP would open another pandora's box and would cause a long-term damage for the party, he added.

Vice-chairman PTI Shah Mahmood Qureshi after the meeting said that no MNA would individually appear before the Speaker as the policy to call members individually was not understandable. He said that PTI had already written to the Speaker National Assembly and conveyed its policy affectively to him. "We are ready to give our collective opinion to the Speaker and we should be called jointly," he said.

Qureshi has already alleged said that the Speaker had called them in groups on different dates so that resignations could be accepted on different dates and as a result by-polls would be held on different dates. "They want to stagger the by-elections and this shows malafide manipulation of the government to influence the MNAs of the party," he said.



Online adds: Around 209 lawmakers including PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi have submitted details of their assets to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

According to the ECP, 209 out of 1,174 members of Senate, NA and PAs have submitted their asset details so far. PTI chairman Imran Khan, NA Opposition Leader Syed Khurshid Shah, Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali and other prominent politicians have still not submitted their asset details.

The ECP said that total details of the assets received are 209 in which 29 are from Senate, 75 are NA, 38 are from PP, 48 are from PS, 19 from KPK and 6 from PB.

All members of the Senate, National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan are required to submit yearly statements of assets and liabilities of their own, their spouses and dependents in the Election Commission Secretariat by September 30, 2014.

The prescribed forms are available, free of cost, from the Election Commission Secretariat, Islamabad and offices of Provincial Election Commissioners in each province.

Forms are also being sent to the Senate Secretariat, National Assembly Secretariat and secretariats of all the four provincial assemblies to facilitate the lawmakers.