LAHORE - In case the PTI MNAs stand disqualified through a successful motion against them in National Assembly, the salaries and allowances given to them for the period they spent in staging sit-ins in Islamabad would be recovered, NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said on Monday.
“A motion for seeking PTI MNAs has been submitted to the National Assembly and if the same is carried, the entire amount paid to them will be retrieved,” Sadiq said while talking to media after inaugurating a development project in his constituency here.
To a question on Pakistan and India tension and neighbourly ties between the two countries, he said it is better for India to have good relations with Pakistan. On personal level, he said, he did not think Indians as good neighbours.
NA-122 case: Asjad Saeed Advocate, counsel of National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of PML-N, will conclude his arguments today (Tuesday) before an Election Tribunal holding proceedings on a petition filed by PTI Chairman Imran Khan against the alleged rigging in NA-122, Lahore.
It is the second week that Asjad is arguing before the tribunal on the case while Advocate Anees Hashmi, the counsel of PTI Chief Imran Khan, had already completed his arguments. Asjad contended that Imran Khan himself had committed rigging and he was the beneficiary of it on the basic of what he had challenged the victory of his client.
The runner-up candidate can also ask anybody else he trusted upon to cast fake votes and later to make noise of rigging, in case he lost the seat, so the allegations of Mr. Khan were baseless as he could not prove yet the involvement of his client in the alleged rigging, he contended.
He said Ayaz Sadiq marked the victory purely on merit by getting majority votes from the constituency and he had nothing to do with the alleged rigging and if someone else had cast the fake votes then did it mean that the entire election of a constituency should be declared as null a void.
The other point he made during his arguments was that Imran Khan had challenged the victory of a person who is sitting speaker of the parliament while he himself is the member of the same house, so the entire system of the election if was not fair according to him, then how could he challenge it, he argued.
Tribunal Judge Kazim Malik put off the proceeding for Tuesday (today) and asked the respondent counsel Mr. Asjad Saeed to complete his arguments.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan had filed petition against National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq alleging that he had committed rigging in the election and prayed the court to set aside it and announce re-election in the constituency.