PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry has said that the governors of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be put to trial under Article 6 for their failure to announce a date for the elections as enshrined in the Constitution.
“In the absence of 65 percent lawmakers in the assemblies, there’s no constitutional setup in the country as of now,” Fawad told media persons in Lahore.
He demanded ‘restoration’ of the Constitution to revive the confidence of the masses. “The only way out of this and other issues is to hold national elections.”
He opined that by not announcing fresh elections, the governors and ECP were “acting in violation of the Constitution”.
Fawad went on to say that PTI, “whenever it gets the opportunity” will ensure to “tighten their necks with the noose provided by the Constitution”.
“Those at the helm will be ensured an exemplary punishment and they will be chased to their homes.”
On Sunday (Jan 22), Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi was sworn in as the caretaker chief minister of Punjab, a few hours after the Election Commission made the unanimous decision to appoint him on the position.
Punjab Governor Baligh-ur-Rehman administered the oath in a ceremony held at the Governor House.
According to a report, National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has accepted the resignations of 43 more PTI legislators in the lower house of the Parliament. Over the past few weeks, NA has processed the resignations of PTI MNAs at least twice.
The party submitted its resignations from the NA in April 2022, in protest at an alleged “regime change conspiracy” that its chairman Imran Khan claims was behind the vote of no confidence that ousted his government.
The NA resignations were not accepted at first – due to statutory requirements and legal procedures, but mostly in the hope that Khan would take another ‘U-turn’ and return to the assembly.
However, they have now been processed, with some 69 resignations approved since 17 January.
Sources in the Election Commission say that these 43 resignations are among the last of which were submitted by the MNAs. This implies that the party dissidents who are still members of the National Assembly are the only remaining representatives of Khan’s party in the lower house of Parliament.