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MQM, JUI-F withdraw motions to deseat PTI members

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Published: August 6, 2015 06:12 pm

ISLAMABAD: MQM and JUI-F lawmakers on Thursday withdrew their respective motions under rule 44 to deseat 28 PTI lawmakers for their absence without leave from the Lower House for forty consecutive days of its sittings.

The sitting started 85 minutes behind the schedule with 128 legislators (37%) present at the start and 48 (14%) at the time of adjournment. The Prime Minister did not attend the sitting while the Leader of the Opposition was present for 59 minutes.

Tabled by JUI-F parliamentary leader Maulana Fazal ur Rehman, the House unanimously adopted resolution renewing the commitment to ensure sovereignty of the Parliament

Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada moved a motion to suspend the other agenda of the House except two motions under Rule 44 to deseat the PTI lawmakers.

The suspended agenda included two calling attention notices (CANs) and question hour. The unaddressed CANs were about failure to regularize services of the deceased employees’ children working in the Federal Secretariat and non-implementation of 5% quota in jobs for non-Muslims.

On behalf of MQM, Salman Khan Baloch moved the withdrawal motion while on behalf of JUI-F Naeema Kishwar Khan moved the withdrawal motion. The Housed passed both of these motions and ten ten lawmakers – two from PML-N and one each from MQM, AMLP,  JUI-F, PkMAP, PML-Z, JI, PPPP and an Independent lawmaker – expressed their views on withdrawal of two motions under Rule 44 for 98 minutes.

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah hailed the gesture of JUI-F and MQM to withdraw their motions and said it is victory of democracy and Parliament.

JUI-F parliamentary leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman said his party believe to resolve the issue through negotiation. He informed the House that his party decided to withdraw the motion on the appeal of the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and after passage of the resolution for the supremacy of the Parliament. He said all would have to move forward together for progress of the country and strengthening of democracy.

MQM parliamentary leader Dr Farooq Sattar also expressed his satisfaction over withdrawal of motions and hoped that such decision will establish supremacy of the Parliament. 

No point of order was raised during the sitting. The next sitting will be held on Friday at 1030 hours.

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