Dissident PTI MNAs claim they have not left party

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Say allegations are baseless

Thirteen PTI members of the National Assembly (MNAs) Saturday responded to the party’s show-cause notices and said the allegations levelled against them were “baseless”.

The ruling PTI had last week issued show-cause notices to the 13 dissident lawmakers for allegedly allying with the Opposition. The notices were served following the dissident MNAs’ decision to “seek refuge” at the Sindh House.

The dissident lawmakers were given seven days to present themselves before PM Imran Khan and explain the reasons behind their move — ahead of the crucial vote on a no-confidence motion against the premier.

The notices issued to the members mentioned that the interviews given to the media outlets by these members show that they have left PTI and, therefore, they were directed to present themselves before the party chairman.

In their response to the show-cause notices, the dissident MNAs said that the party had levelled “baseless allegations” against them. They also said that their actions are not in violation of Article 63(A) — which deals with the disqualification of parliamentarians who defect from their parties.

“We have neither left the PTI nor have we defected from the parliamentary party,” the MNAs responded in their letters, in which they also mentioned their reservations and concerns.

“Since the allegations are baseless, we thought it best to not appear before the prime minister in person,” they added.

Dissident MNAs are: Noor Alam Khan, Ahmed Hussain Deharr,

Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Watto, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla,Nawab Sher,

Raja Riaz Ahmed,Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon,Makhdoom Zada Syed Basit Ahmed Aamir Talal Gopang (NA-186 Muzaffargarh-VI),Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari,

Wajiha Qamar,Nuzhat Pathan andRamesh Kumar Vankwani.

 

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