ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notices to the prime minister, the opposition leader in National Assembly and the NA speaker during the hearing of a petition seeking acceptance of resignations submitted by Muttahida Qaumi Movement parliamentarians.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali clubbed a similar petition on acceptance of resignations of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf parliamentarians.
Both petitions were filed by former Senator Syed Zafar Ali Shah of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
According to the petitioner, the delay in the acceptance of resignations of MQM parliamentarians is a violation of the Constitution.
Shah also requested the apex court to direct the Election Commission of Pakistan to issue schedule for by-elections on the seats vacated by MQM and the PTI parliamentarians.
The bench adjourned the hearing for an indefinite period.
Meanwhile, MQM maintains that its members’ resignations from all three legislative floors are final, adding that it would not partake in dialogue over the matter anymore.
The party says it will temporarily abandon parliamentary politics and focus on the “establishment of a province and welfare activities.”
The party statement said it had unanimously decided to tender resignations in protest and the government will have to “accept them at every cost.”
“Every MQM member in Senate, National Assembly and Sindh Assembly should be seen as having resigned.”