The IHC decision was reached at the hearing of PTI leader Shakoor Shad’s appeal contesting the resignation’s acceptance, which was presided over by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah.
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Shad stated in his plea that he did not give up his position in the National Assembly (NA). He asserted that the letter of resignation was produced by an operator at PTI’s corporate headquarters and included the signatures of 123 individuals.
Shad said that the letter was anonymous and did not include a name or date. It also did not mention the lower house speaker.
The PTI allegedly stated in the appeal that the dismissals were made for “political purposes” and as a show of support for Imran Khan, the PTI chairman.
The petition additionally asserted that the resignation’s permission was against Justice Athar Minallah’s 2015 ruling, which said that resignation must be spontaneous, made of one’s own free choice, and done in order to vacate the position.
The court asked if the leader of the National Assembly had summoned Shad. Shad’s attorney said that he was given notice but did not show up. Despite this, the court observed, that the NA speaker had approved the departure.
Abdul Shakoor Shad was instructed to attend the NA meeting and proceedings after the IHC ordered to halt the announcement of acceptance of his resignation.
The speaker and staff of the NA were sent notices by the court, and a response was requested. Additionally, it sent a notice to Pakistan’s Election Commission (ECP) requesting an answer within two weeks.
Shakoor Shad, a PTI MNA, was told by the IHC today to participate in National Assembly sessions. The IHC also sent notifications to the Speaker and the Secretariat of the National Assembly for their comments on the matter.
In this context, it is important to note that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has postponed the by-elections that were set for 13 constitutions.
In response to a petition from PTI lawmaker Shakoor Shad, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday temporarily halted the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) declaration proclaiming NA-246 Lyari to be unoccupied.
After Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the speaker of the National Assembly acknowledged the dismissals of 11 PTI MNAs, the ECP pronounced the seat empty.