LAHORE: The day after the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) declared that by 31 December, all national and provincial legislators belonging to its constituent parties would hand over their resignations to the heads of their parties, 14 PML-N legislators submitted their resignations to their leadership.
Nevertheless, two PML-N rebel MPAs, Jalil Sharqpuri and Ghaisuddin, announced that they would not withdraw from the membership because they did not stick to their Nawaz Sharif “anti-military views.”
Kheal Das Kohistani (NA-339) and Bashir Virk (NA-80) were the PML-N MNAs who submitted their resignations to the party leadership, while Samiullah Khan (PP-144), Nasir Mahmood (PP-27), Jehangir Khanzada (PP-2), Chaudhry Bilal Akbar (PP-49), Adil Bukhsh Chatha (PP-52), Malik Suhaib Ahmed (PP-72), Akhtar Hussain (PP-167), Safdar Shakir (PP-104), Bilal Farooq Tarar (P-53), and Azma Farooq Tar (P-53) were the MPAs (reserved seats).
Before the announcement of the PDM, MNAs Afzal Khokhar (NA-136) and Chaudhry Hamid Hameed (NA-90), and MPA Saiful Malook Khokhar (PP-165) submitted their resignations.
In the 2018 elections, most of them cited rigging, rising price increases and inflation in their resignations. They also called for a new free and equal election that would mark Pakistan’s path forward and the sanctity of the vote.
Mr. Sharqpuri said We would have submitted them without hesitation had the PML-N leadership sought resignations in the “public interest. Yet the national agencies are working towards it. We’re not going to make the PML-N become other people’s personal property,’ he said.
Sources said the forces that were active were to embarrass the PDM by keeping a good number of legislators from submitting their resignations to the leadership particularly the PML-N.
The PML-N assumes that his resignation will be forwarded by all its legislators. “PML-N information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb told Dharti News, “By December 31, resignations from all PML-N lawmakers will be presented to the party leadership by the deadline.
PML-N Punjab President Rana Sanaullah told Dawn that there will be no double digits in the number of those deserting the party.