ISLAMABAD - After Dr Tahirul Qadri’s debacle, another crisis is waiting the ruling PML-N as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Wednesday took two important decisions including taking resignations from party’s all MPs and hold a long march as a protest against delay in the verification of election results of four NA constituencies, The Nation has learnt.
A core committee meeting of PTI Wednesday held under the chair of Imran Khan at his residence in Bani Gala, in the outskirts of the capital, that took these two key decisions.
A source in PTI who was participant of the meeting informed The Nation that the core committee decided to take resignations of all its members of National Assembly as well as provincial assemblies as a protest against inaction of the government as well as Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in verification of election results at least in four constituencies on National Assembly. Last day, Imran Khan in a TV interview had threatened to dissolve provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where PTI was the ruling party, if election results were not got verified.
Though no official word came from the party’s Central Secretariat after the meeting in this regard, yet sources confirmed that the meeting also decided to hold a long march against alleged rigging in elections as well as delay in verification of election results in August, after the month of Ramazan.
“Imran Khan will make both of these announcements, to take resignations of PTI lawmakers and to hold a long march in PTI rally of Bahawalpur on June 27,” a source privy to the development said adding that it had been decided that the government would be given another deadline before holding of long march.
The meeting also discussed the possibility of making an alliance with PAT chief and it was out rightly rejected for making any such alliance.
The PTI chief in the meeting also showed his displeasure for losing by-election in Abbottabad and came down hard on the PTI MNA Azhar Jadoon for his performance as this provincial assembly seat fell in the NA constituency of Jadoon, the sources added.
The core committee maintained that the party would be forced to come on to roads if PML-N-led federal government did not pay heed to their last one and half year old demand of verification of election results.
The meeting also discussed the issue of internally displaced persons (IDPs) as according to rough figures about 500,000 IDPs from North Waziristan have arrived in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and this figure would likely to increase in the next days.
According to a statement issued by PTI Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari, Chairman PTI Imran Khan, in the core committee meeting has demanded of the Prime Minister to announce Rs 6 billion as aid for IDPs as a beginning as soon as possible. “This aid is critical to assist the IDPs coming into KP as a result of the military operation in NWA. This is essential if a human catastrophe is to be avoided,” said the statement.