As the 43 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers make an attempt to return to the National Assembly, Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Thursday that he is yet to receive the Lahore High Court (LHC) order that suspended Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) notification regarding the MNAs resignations.
“After receiving the verdict, it would be thoroughly read and then the decision regarding the entry of the members would be taken,” the speaker said in a video statement issued today.
Meanwhile, sources in the National Assembly said the secretariat was consulting its legal team on the order.
The LHC, a day earlier, had suspended the ECP order that de-notified 43 PTI MNAs after their resignations were sent to the electoral body by Speaker Ashraf.
PTI changes plan
Earlier, sources said that the 43 PTI MNAs had decided to visit the Parliament House today on the directions of party chairman Imran Khan following the LHC order.
The lawmakers had arrived in Islamabad today as per the PTI chief’s instructions.
However, after the speaker's statement, the lawmakers changed their plans and will be going to the Parliament lodges instead.
PTI MNA Nusrat Wahid, one of the 43 lawmakers who had approached the LHC, said that they cannot go to the assembly till they get the written court order.
"Right now the best policy is to wait for the court order. We are soldiers of Imran Khan and try not to do anything illegal," said Wahid.