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Lahore High Court upholds NA Speaker’s Decision on PTI Resignations

LHC upholds National Assembly Speaker’s decision on the resignations.

The National Assembly got the Lahore High Court comprehensive verdict today.

PTI’s advertising about recovering seats “proven false,” according to the speaker’s office statement.

It states that the Election Commission has prevent from holding re-elections in these constituencies “simply by deferring the notice of the Election Commission regarding the 35 resignations” until the hearing was over.

The office further states that the Speaker’s decision to accept resignation has not been influence.

Ashraf’s “position proved accurate,” the office added, adding that the NA speaker had repeatedly summoned the PTI MNAs in addition to carefully considering the resignation matter.

The NA speaker’s office continued, “Despite numerous summonses, PTI members did not arrive and sought acceptance of resignation.

When Ashraf approved the resignations, “PTI members then objected the decision, which was unconstitutional,” according to the statement.

The development comes after the LHC postponed the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to denotify 43 PTI MNAs earlier this week and prohibited the election oversight body from organizing by-elections in those constituencies.

The court also suspended the NA speaker’s notification that allowed the legislators from the former ruling party to quit, and it sent letters to the relevant quarters asking for their responses.

On Thursday, however, the speaker states that he has not yet receive the LHC’s order and that any subsequent course of action would only be decide after he has.

The NA Secretariat subsequently requested that the PTI members postpone their attendance at the meeting until the court issued a written order.

In a video post on Twitter by the NA’s official account earlier, the speaker, seen responding to a question about his views surrounding speculations that some of PTI’s MNAs may be have interest in returning to the lower house.

Without providing many details, Ashraf had said as the LHC’s order was not in front of him, he could neither read it, nor had any details on the matter shared with him.

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