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PM Imran should not treat party members like dogs: Noor Alam Khan

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  • “PM should respect party members and not dictate them,” says Noor Alam. 
  • Noor says Article 63 applies to those who vote against their party.
  • “I have not cut ties with PTI and I am still a PTI member in the National Assembly,” MNA says.

PTI’s dissident member, Noor Alam Khan, on Monday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan should “stop treating his party members like dogs”.

Speaking during Geo News programme Naya Pakistan, Noor said the prime minister should respect party members and told him not to dictate them.

Talking about Article 63, Noor said that the article applies to those who vote against their party. “I am still a PTI member in the National Assembly,” the MNA added. 

PTI issues show-cause notices to 13 dissident MPs

The ruling PTI had issued show-cause notices to 13 dissident lawmakers for allegedly allying with the Opposition a day after the party decided to move against the members ahead of the no-trust motion against the premier. 

The dissident lawmakers have been given seven days to present themselves before PM Imran Khan. The members also include MNA Noor. 

PTI workers threaten MNA Noor Alam Khan

After 24 PTI leaders decided to take refuge in Sindh House, two people — reportedly belonging to the PTI — threatened Noor for showing reservations against PM Imran Khan ahead of the voting on the no-confidence motion.

In a viral video, the two men can be seen abusing and threatening the PTI’s disgruntled lawmaker at a hotel in Islamabad. Sources privy to the matter said that the two men are the leaders of the PTI’s Canada chapter — who came to Islamabad a few days back to attend the overseas convention. 

The two PTI leaders harassed the lawmaker and blamed him for what they termed “acting against Pakistan.”

“Take off your mask so people can see the face of the person who has sold out Pakistan […] I will come to Peshawar and meet you,” one of the two PTI leaders says.

24 PTI MNAs seek refuge in Sindh House 

Last week, around 24 PTI MNAs had moved to Sindh House after the Parliament Lodges incident. 

Journalist Hamid Mir confirmed that the reason for “seeking refuge” at the Sindh House is out of fear.

“The disgruntled members fear that the government will take action against them similar to the March 10 raid by the police on the Parliament Lodges,” Mir confirmed.

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36% of fresh faces make it to the National Assembly.

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Following the general elections of this year, a record 36% of new members have joined the National Assembly.

There are now 96 new legislators that have been elected to the assembly out of 265 total. In the general elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has elected the most number of fresh faces as Independents.

Of the new faces, eleven PPP and MQM members, as well as fifteen PML-N members, have become MNAs for the first time. The IPP’s Abdul Aleem Khan and Awn Chaudhry were elected to the National Assembly for the first time.

Ataullah Tarar of the Pakistan Muslim League-N, Mir Jamal Khan Raisani, the party’s youngest member, was also elected from Balochistan for the first time and made it to the lower house.

Sher Afzal Marwat, Latif Khosa, and Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, who is supported by the PTI, are some of the fresh faces. In the last parliament, Shandana Gulzar had a reserved seat; however, this time, she was elected to a general seat.

Arshad Vohra, Syed Mustafa Kamal, and Rauf Siddiqui of the MQM were also elected to the National Assembly for the first time.

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Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri’s JUI-F resignation from the Senate

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Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani received the JUI-F leader’s resignation, which he accepted.

In the National Assembly, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri will be sworn in as a member.

Following their victories in the general elections on February 8 for the Balochistan Assembly, Senators Sarfraz Bugti and Prince Umar Ahmedzai had already announced their resignations from the Senate.

Prior carer Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani received the resignation of Federal Interior Minister Bugti, which he accepted.

In a similar vein, Senator Prince Umar Ahmedzai of the Balochistan Awami Party resigned from the Senate following his election to the provincial legislature.

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NA session: The interim government addresses President Alvi’s concerns

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Details indicate that in response, the federal government informed Dr. Arif Alvi that Article 91 of the 1973 Constitution does not grant the president the “discretion or power” to adjourn the National Assembly session.

The sources quoted the federal administration and said, “Nowhere in Article 91 is it written that if the House is incomplete, the National Assembly session cannot be convened.”

It further said that Article 54 of the constitution allowed the president to adjourn the National Assembly’s “ordinary” session alone. According to the summary, the president was requested to call an extraordinary session of the National Assembly so that the newly elected members may take an oath of office.

Dr. Arif Alvi was asked to reconsider his choice and call a meeting of the National Assembly by the acting federal government on February 29.

The sources quoted the federal government and stated, “It is not written anywhere in the constitution that if specific seats are not allotted, the session cannot be called.”

It further said that the National Assembly must be called within 21 days following the election in accordance with Clause 2 of Article 91 of the constitution.

The caretaker administration responded, saying, “Even if the President does not call the National Assembly session by February 29, it would still be held on the same day.”

Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf called a session of the National Assembly on Thursday, February 29th, in order to administer the oath to the newly elected Members of Congress earlier on Monday.

According to specifics, President Arif Alvi declined to call a meeting under clause 2 of Article 91 of the constitution, arguing that the lower body is still unfinished because a decision on certain reserved seats has not yet been made. Consequently, the Speaker National Assembly called the meeting.

The National Assembly’s maiden session was called by Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. The freshly elected members of the National Assembly would take the oath of office from the Speaker. During the first session, the election schedules for speaker and deputy speaker will also be released.

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