PTI skips discussion on quitting ‘cursed’ parliament

Published: January 24, 2018
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PTI chief Imran Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS

PTI chief Imran Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Despite publicly reiterating the option of resigning from what it describes as the ‘cursed’ parliament, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) central executive committee (CEC) did not even take up the issue for discussion on Tuesday.

A brief press release issued after the CEC meeting read that participants approved the completion of the party membership’s campaign.

It further read that the meeting passed a resolution to condemn US President Donald Trump’s tweet and express solidarity with the Kashmir and Palestine causes.

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The central executive committee expressed strong outrage over the atrocities against children and demanded that the culprits be brought to justice.

The CEC also proposed that all provinces should adopt the K-P Police Act to strengthen police department, the statement concluded.

It did not give any details about the party’s policy on the issue of resigning.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan is under fire from political circles for ‘cursing’ the parliament and refusing to apologise for his remarks.

A few days back, he said the PTI would internally discuss the issue of resignations before making a final decision.

On Monday, the PTI circulated among its parliamentarians the agenda of the party’s CEC meeting on Tuesday. The agenda did not include the resignation issue.

Earlier, a party spokesperson had announced that the PTI would hold a general discussion at the CEC meeting on January 23 over the issue of en masse resignation from the parliament.

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On January 17, while addressing a news conference in Islamabad, the PTI chief had himself claimed that the “debate over the resignation from the parliament is under way within the party, but the final decision will be taken after a discussion”.

According to a PTI source, the majority of party lawmakers are not in favour of quitting the parliament.

“At this stage, an overwhelming majority of the PTI lawmakers are against resigning from the parliament. It will be a futile exercise that will serve no purpose,” a senior PTI legislator told The Express Tribune earlier on Monday.

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