Amid growing bitterness between the PTI and PDM, National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Tuesday accepted the resignations of 35 PTI lawmakers who had quit after the vote of no confidence against former prime minister Imran Khan in April 2022.
The NA speaker acknowledged the resignations of several key PTI leaders, including ex-foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, ex-planning minister Asad Umar, ex-defense minister Parvez Khattak, former economics affairs minister Hammad Azhar, former information minister Fawad Chaudhry, and ex-climate minister Zartaj Gul. It is apt to mention here that around 131 MNAs belonging to the PTI put up their resignations after Imran Khan’s government was deposed through a no-confidence motion in April last year.
On July 28, 2022, the speaker also approved 11 resignations of PTI members under Article 64(1) of the Constitution of Pakistan. Following the decision of the NA speaker, the Election Commission of Pakistan de-notified the PTI leaders.