ISLAMABAD - National Assembly Secretariat will remain adamant on its stance to verify resignation of PTI lawmakers by calling them separately, as it is set to quote rule 43 in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the NA, 2007,to defend its position.

“NA Secretariat will remain stick to its stance to separately call each and every PTI legislator who has submitted resignation, in order to prolong the matter despite the pressure from allied party (JUI-F) and other corners,” parliamentary sources shared this with The Nation on Friday.

NA Speaker Iyaz Sadiq had also firmly given a statement to even face the court, if any PTI MNA intends to sue him, as a PML-N legal wizard has suggested him to take support of rule 43 in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the NA, 2007, to defend his position.

The sources claimed that the government is making all-out efforts to create more fissures in PTI ranks by establishing the fact that some of MNAs had resigned by force.

As per the Constitution, the Rules of Business and Conduct of the NA and the Supreme Court judgment 1976, it was the responsibility of the Speaker to verify the genuineness and validity of the resignation of any member, establishing that it was tendered without any fear and pressure. 

Taking advantage of this rule, the sources said, the PTI resignations will be processed under law - Article 64 of the Constitution - as interpreted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in PLD 1976 SC 504 on the strength whereof the National Assembly made rule 25 in 1992.

This law was reframed as rule 43 in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, requiring the Speaker to satisfy himself about the voluntary and genuine character of a resignation addressed to him.

On the other hand, PTI has finally decided not to go separately till the NA Secretariat does not change its stance. “We will not appear before the NA Speaker separately at any cost,” said PTI Information Secretary Shireen Mazari while talking to The Nation.

“We have decided not to appear before the NA speaker as per the speaker’s demand,” she maintained.

It would not be out of place to mention here that PTI’s former President Javed Hashmi had claimed that the resignations from the PTI members were obtained forcibly.

NA Speaker Iyaz Sadiq other day (Thursday) had insisted that personal appearance of PTI MNA was mandatory for the verification of their resignations.