LAHORE - No opposition party supports the demand to resign from assemblies en masse, a methodology proposed by Awami Muslim League President Sheikh Rashid to pull down the three-year-old PML-N-led coalition.

However, the party which vigorously backs the idea is the Pakistan Awami Tehrik of Dr Tahirul Qadri, which has no presence in any of the legislatures.

The opposition parties are scheduled to meet in Islamabad today to devise a new strategy to mount pressure on the government to quit.

Leaders of PPP, PTI, PML-Q and Jammat-e-Islami said while talking to The Nation yesterday that tendering resignations in the prevailing situation would be a ‘hasty decision’. They say that other options – like agitation and legal battle – should be exhausted before resorting to the ‘extreme move’ suggested by the veteran leader from Rawalpindi.

“I suggest opposition members to unite and forward their resignations from the assemblies. A full-fledged anti-government movement shall take place from August 1 to October 30,” Sheikh Rashid said in a press conference at AML Lahore office on Sunday.

Spokesman of Pakistan Awami Tehreek, whose delegation is attending today’s opposition meeting, said the opposition should quit assemblies to launch a powerful protest movement for Sharifs’ accountability.

Noorullah Siddique said it was stand of PAT from day first that all MNAs of opposition should resign from assembly if they want to take a strong position before masses prior to launch a movement against the government.

He said the PAT delegation would raise the resignation point in today’s meeting of opposition parties. Dr Qadri’s party is also hosting a joint opposition meeting on July 31 at its head office in Model Town Lahore.

“Tuesday’s meeting agenda does not include resignations and it is all about ToRs and government’s response on it. It is too early to consider the resignation option on Panama Papers issue,” said PPP leader Manzor Wattoo.

He added the two opposition parties, MQM and ANP, would probably not agree to the resignations option if it was raised by any party in the meeting.

He said PPP would leave no stone unturned to hold the prime minister and others named in Panama Papers accountable.

A top central leader of PTI who was not willing to be named in the story also ruled out the option of resignation at early stages. He said the resignation option could be discussed if any leader would raise it but it was too early to opt it.

“Opposition is united on all issues and we will focus on ToRs and all other options in opposition meeting,” he said.

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ameerul Azeem said the JI would not support the resignation option at this stage.

He said the options of protests and legal battle could be adopted to mount pressure on government on Panama leaks issue.

PML-Q’s Kamil Ali Aga termed Sheikh Rashid’s suggestion AML leader’s personal point of view. He said the agenda of meeting was ToRs and the resignation issue could be considered in any next meeting of the opposition.