ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani has approved the request of former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to take back his resignation, saying that the senator had admitted he tendered his resignation under duress and unusual circumstances.
Rabbani said Hashmi had submitted his resignation in the office of the secretary Senate, but he didn’t appear on June 5 for confirmation of his resignation. He was asked to appear on June 7, however, Hashmi submitted an application to take back his resignation on June 6 and said he resigned under pressure.
The Senate Chairman said he asked Hashmi if he wants to take back his resignation, to which the former PML-N leader said he wants to. His resignation has therefore been taken back, Rabbani said.
Nehal Hashmi asked the Senate chairman on Tuesday not to consider his resignation from the upper house.
Hashmi had submitted his resignation as a PML-N senator after instructions from the PML-N leadership following his recent controversial remarks against the judiciary.
As a result, Hashmi — who was also suspended from the party — had submitted his resignation to Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani. On Monday, Hashmi failed to show up in Rabbani’s office to personally verify his resignation, as asked by Rabbani.
According to a written request submitted to the Senate chairman, Hashmi said he submitted his resignation amid intense pressure. Hashmi claimed that he wants to continue serving his duties as a Senator.
Nehal Hashmi’s party leadership was suspended after a video of him hurling threats at the members of judiciary surfaced.
In a speech to workers in Karachi at a Youm-e-Takbeer event, which went viral on May 31, Hashmi had threatened the prime minister’s unidentified ‘enemies’.
Before losing his position, Hashmi was the party’s general secretary for Sindh.
“The one you are investigating is the PM’s son,” roared Hashmi. “Those investigating us [must know] we will observe your day of judgment,” he stated further.
The statements were taken to be directed at the judiciary and the Joint Investigation Team probing the prime minister’s family in light of the Supreme Court’s April 20 judgment in the Panama case.
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