ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has issued show-cause notices to dissident lawmakers for having “joined the opposition parties who have brought a motion of vote of no-confidence” against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In a notice to MNA Afzal Khan Dhandla, the party central secretariat sought an explanation from him for his interviews that gave an impression that he was about to leave the ruling party. The lawmakers have been asked to respond to these notices within seven days. It said the lawmaker was bound to follow the directions issued by the PTI as its member.
“It is abundantly clear from the provisions of Article 63-A(1) that you are bound to follow the directions issued by PTI as you are a member….and continue to be bound to follow the directions issued vide letter no NA/PL/01/2022 dated March 15, 2022, and letter no CS/SG47/2022 dated March 18, 2022.”
“Your interviews contain a clear intent of leaving the membership of PTI,” it went on to add.
On March 17, several ruling PTI lawmakers announced that they would not follow the party line in the National Assembly ahead of the voting on no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan after one of the dissidents revealed that at least 24 MNAs are staying at the Sindh House in Islamabad.
A day later, PTI lawmakers and workers stormed the Sindh House in Islamabad in protest against the dissident members of the ruling party, who were staying inside the building.