ISLAMABAD - As many as 13 disgruntled lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have responded to the show-cause notices issued to them by the party saying that have neither left the parliamentary party nor defected to the opposition. All MNAs have termed the allegations against them as baseless.

Last week, the PTI had issued show-cause notices to its 13 dissident legislators for allegedly defecting to the opposition in the wake of no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan submitted by the opposition in the National Assembly.

The notices were issued after most of these lawmakers were found staying at Sindh House in Islamabad that is administered by opposition PPP-led provincial government in Sindh.

The dissident lawmakers were given seven days to present themselves before PM Imran Khan, the party chairman, and explain the reasons behind their alleged defection. The notices mentioned that the lawmakers gave interviews to the media outlets in an apparent move that they have left the party.

In their response to the show-cause notices, MNAs said that they had made no violation of Article 63-A of the Constitution which deals with the disqualification of parliamentarians. They said that since the allegations were baseless, they thought not to appear before the prime minister in person.