Pakistan politics on edgy pitch amid fresh Imran Khan bouncer, Speaker action – CNBCTV18

Pakistan could be headed toward yet another political crisis. The country has been embroiled in conflicts on the national and provincial levels since last year. It also finds itself amid a perilous economic situation. Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan’s party — the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) — on Wednesday, January 18, dissolved a second provincial Assembly, in which it held majority seats. Its rival, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML) party, criticised the move, saying it meant to deepen the political crisis and force early parliamentary elections.
Further, in a surprise move, Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker on Tuesday (January 17) accepted the resignations of 34 lawmakers of the PTI party. As many as 123 PTI lawmakers had decided to quit the parliament immediately after Khan was removed from power through a no-trust vote in April last year.
However, Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had initially accepted resignations of only 11 of them in July while insisting that the remaining lawmakers would be summoned individually for verification. In an unexpected move, he accepted 35 more resignations, including 34 belonging to Khan’s party and one that of Sheikh Rashid Ahmad of Awami Muslim League — an ally of Khan.


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