NA Speaker Asad Qaiser told to accept resignations

PM Imran tells NA speaker he has full authority to decide matter soon

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The federal cabinet on Tuesday gave a go-ahead to the National Assembly speaker to accept resignations of opposition legislators, sending a clear message to them that the government will not succumb to “pressure tactics”.

The cabinet also took a number of other important decisions, among them being granting approval to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US for sharing information on money and other assets of Pakistanis stashed in the US.

In a meeting with Speaker Asad Qaiser, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed him to uphold parliamentary traditions regarding the resignations, saying the speaker had the full authority to decide on the matter.

It was decided that if the lawmakers did not contact the National Assembly Secretariat within seven days, their resignations would be accepted. The speaker said that neither he would budge under any pressure nor could he be intimidated or blackmailed.

After receiving resignation on December 14, the National Assembly Secretariat had dispatched two letters to Sajjad and Abassi, elected from NA-14 and NA-15, respectively, to contact the secretariat in person within seven for the confirmation of their resignations.

According to the parliamentary traditions, the resignation would be accepted if the lawmakers failed to contact the secretariat within two days, said an official source. Besides, the sources also confirmed that the lawmakers had failed to appear before the secretariat despite the passage of five days after the issuance of the letters.