PTI decries ‘shameful tactics’ to its ‘steal’ seats reserved in NA

  • Barrister says will approach SC if SIC reserved seats given other parties
  • Barrister Gohar says NA will remain incomplete without members on reserved seats

ISLAMABAD: The PTI on Wednesday decried the “shameful tactics” to “steal” seats reserved for women and minorities in the National Assembly with Barrister Ali Zafar expressing the hope that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would decide as per the law and Constitution.

Talking to the media here, Barrister Zafar said that the Election Commission of Pakistan reserved its verdict on the allocation of reserved seats for the Sunni Ittehad Council, the allied party in the Centre, KP and Punjab.

“But if our seats are distributed to the PML-N and PPP […] then we will approach the Supreme Court but it would be such a huge violation that it will make the election of prime minister, president, Senate, NA speaker and deputy speaker will become controversial and will hold no legitimacy,” he added.

On the occasion, PTI’s Barrister Gohar Khan said that the National Assembly will remain incomplete without all the members — including those on the reserved seats of the Sunni Ittehad Council.

“If the Election Commission of Pakistan wants to take forward the political system, then it will have to allocate reserved seats to the SIC members,” he said in a media talk.

“Take a decision today and allocate us our seats so that the house can be complete,” Gohar asserted.

Meanwhile, the PTI decried the “shameful” plan to “steal” seats reserved for women and minorities in the National Assembly.

In a statement on X, PTI accused the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) of distributing reserved seats among “mandate thieves” through “unconstitutional” plans.

Article 51 of the Constitution clearly lays out the basic principle of allocation of reserved seats, which are given to women and minorities in proportion to general seats, the party said.

“The Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) is the parliamentary party with the largest number of seats in the Centre, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“The allocation of reserved seats to the [SIC] is part of an unconstitutional and undemocratic plan to illegally and forcibly convert the majority into a minority.”

PTI also vowed to take back the National and Punjab Assembly seats allocated through “fake Form 47s” and strongly resist the “unconstitutional” allocation of reserved seats.

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