ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday said de-seating of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI)’s dissident members made no difference to the government of Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz.
She said this while addressing a news conference alongside Pakistan People’s Party leader Faisal Karim Kundi in Islamabad.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said the PML-N with support of its allies still enjoyed a majority of 177 members in the provincial assembly, whereas opponents have the support of just 172 members.
The minister for information said the dissident members reserved the right to appeal against the verdict of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
She said they voted conscientiously against PTI’s politics of chaos, mismanagement and hatred.
Marriyum Aurangzeb demanded from the ECP to decide long pending case pertaining to PTI’s foreign funding.
Read more: ECP disqualifies 25 PTI dissident MPAs on violating 63-A
Speaking on the occasion, Faisal Karim Khan Kundi said Imran Khan had done nothing, except ruining Pakistan’s economy and promoting the culture of abuses in the country.
The ECP on Friday disqualified as many as 25 Punjab MPAs for violating Article 63-A of the constitution.
The provincial legislators were disqualified for changing their loyalties by voting against the party line. The PTI MPAs voted for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Hamza Shehbaz Sharif for Punjab Chief Ministership. The ECP has also suspended the Punjab Assembly’s membership of the dissident MPAs.
The decision announced today was reserved on May 17.
Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Elahi, earlier, sent the reference to the ECP for lifetime disqualification of 26 MPAs of PTI. These members deviated from the party line and voted in favour of Hamza Shehbaz Sharif of PML-N in the election of the chief minister of Punjab.
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