PTI’s new defector Asia Azeem replaces Mazari as MNA

ISLAMABAD: Asia Azeem of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was sworn in as National Assembly member on reserved seat for women during a session on Friday, replacing Dr Shireen Mazari, whose resignation was accepted by Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

Dr Mazari was one of the 123 PTI lawmakers who had resigned from the National Assembly in line with the party policy in April. Mazari, who was elected on a reserved seat for women, was also among the 11 lawmakers whose resignations were accepted by speaker in July.

Azeem took oath as an MNA in defiance of the party policy and had joined the PTI defectors. Speaking on the floor for the first time, Azeem stressed the need for dialogue to find solutions to the problems. “We are not enemies, just political rivals,” she said.

The lawmaker called for actions to end the politics of hate, saying that bullying was not the job of politicians. “We reject those who spread mischief on Earth. Allah commands us not to spread mischief on Earth,” she said.


Azeem said that the government alone could not resolve all the problems, therefore, parliament had to find the solutions. She emphasised on the supremacy of parliament. She called for devising a procedure for the appointment of judges.

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