PML-N agrees to tender resignations before long march; PPP undecided

PDM to discuss resignations, long march today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) parliamentary party on Monday decided to submit resignations to party leader Maryam Nawaz before the announcement of long march towards the federal capital.

Sources in the PML-N told Pakistan Today that after a long debate in the party meeting, the party lawmakers decided to submit resignations to yield to the demand of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman who had set a precondition.

Talking to media following the meeting, Maryam opened up about the decision and said that the part was not only ready to submit resignations but also would put pressure on the PPP to agree to the resignation demand.

The PML-N vice-president said that talks were underway with the parliament regarding resignations, which would also be discussed at the PDM meeting tomorrow.

“We will try to persuade those who do not accept the resignations,” she said.

Maryam further said that the PML-N have also obeyed the decision as the PDM is an alliance of 11 parties and all parties are united on the long march agenda.

Meanwhile, PML-N leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has made a big offer to PDM President Fazl that all PML-N members are ready to hand over their resignations to him before start of opposition’s long march.

It is pertinent to mention here that the PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has put a precondition of the opposition party’s resignation to make He said that whether the party agrees or not, “we are ready to resign and that you can announce your resignations whenever you want”.

According to details, PML-N leader Nawaz has made a big offer to Fazl that he can resign whenever he wants, because he as the PDM president has the authority to announce resignations, and that his party is ready to resign. He said that he was ready to hand over the resignations of all the members of PML-N to him.

Separately, Fazl on Monday maintained that the alliance will discuss the matter of resignations in its meeting on Tuesday, adding that the resignations are necessary for the success of the long march.

“In my personal opinion, if we don’t submit resignations from this parliament then there may not be a lot of benefit to the long march,” he said while addressing a press conference in Peshawar.

Fazl criticised the recently held Senate chairman and deputy chairman elections, terming them “rigged”. He claimed this was clear in light of the irregularities that occurred during the polls.

He claimed that the opposition was given the message that despite being in the majority in the Senate, it would lose to the minority.

He asserted that such irregularities have been happening since 2018, and questioned who had planted the cameras in the polling booth.

He also questioned how votes were rejected during the Senate chairman election, and were reduced in the elections for the deputy chairman.

Mian Abrar
Mian Abrar
The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He tweets as @mian_abrar and also can be reached at [email protected]
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