ISLAMABAD - Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will resume today, what may be termed a futile exercise, to verify the resignations tendered by PTI parliamentarians as so far none of these MPs has turned up to the Speaker’s chamber to verify his resignation.

The Speaker has summoned PTI Chairman Imran Khan and another PTI MNA Ghulam Sawrar Khan in his chamber today, but both of them would likely to abstain as the PTI leadership had taken the stance that the Speaker should summon them en masse and they would not appear separately for verification of their resignations.

The Speaker has summoned Amjad Ali Khan, Shafqat Mahmood and Rai Hassan Nawaz on Tuesday (Oct. 14) while the last batch of PTI MPs, including Aysha Gulayi, Sajida, Nafeesa Anayatullah Khattak and Lal Chand, is called on October 15 with which the initial exercise on part of the Speaker would be completed and then he could adopt other means to verify the PTI MPs resignations as per the rules of procedure and conduct of National Assembly business.

It is pertinent to mention here that PTI MPs Shah Mahmooad Qureshi, Asad Umar, Shreen Mazari, Dr. Arif Alvi, Ali Mohammad Khan and others had already defied the Speaker’s direction to appear in his chamber for verification of their resignations during the last month.

PTI leaders were of the view that they should appear before the Speaker for confirmation of their resignations en masse while Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was of the view that he could not be dictated and under the rules it was his discretion to ensure that the resignations given by the MPs were not given under any pressure.

Legal and constitutional experts commenting on the situation said that the Speaker could use other ways and means to confirm that the resignations tendered by PTI MPs were given under any duress or not.

Some Parliamentarians including Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao were critical over the undue laxity shown by the Speaker in accepting the resignations and said that if they (PTI MPs) were reluctant to appear before him in person to verify their resignations the Speaker could use other sources to confirm the genuineness of these resignations.

Commenting on the situation, veteran Parliamentarian and constitutional expert S. M. Zafar said that the Supreme Court of Paksitan’s ruling given in a case in 1976 fully empowered Speaker National Assembly that in the given situation the Speaker could use other sources to confirm the validity and genuineness of these resignations.

He further said that as he appeared before the Supreme Court in that particular case in 1976 so he was in clear picture about the authority of Speaker National Assembly regarding the verification of resignation of some MP through other sources in case the member refused to turn up in person to conform his resignation before him.

To a question, Zafar further said that Speaker could not delay the matter of acceptance of resignation of any parliamentarian for a longer period because keeping the matter in limbo for long would deprive the constituents of that particular constituency of representation in the Parliament, which is against the spirit of constitution.

Constitutional experts seeing weight in the contention of the PTI leadership suspected that the idea behind calling their MPs for verification of their resignations in groups was to accept their resignations on different dates so that the by-polls on these vacated seats would be held on different dates instead of same day.

The PTI leadership was also charging the government with using various tactics including luring PTI MPs with various incentives to backtrack them from their resignations and the reason to call their MPs in groups was also aimed at making them defect from their collective decision of stepping down from their membership of lower house of the Parliament.