PTI MPs are not allowed to enter the National Assembly

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PTI lawmakers argue with Islamabad police personnel outside the main entrance of the parliament building on April 26, 2023, in this still from video.  — Geo news
PTI lawmakers argue with Islamabad police personnel outside the main entrance of the parliament building on April 26, 2023, in this still from video. — Geo news
  • MNAs chant slogans against prime minister, NA speaker, interior minister.
  • Exchange of harsh words takes place amid deadlock.
  • All PTI legislators are from Karachi and have been reinstated after the SHC ruling.

The seven lawmakers of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were barred from the parliament building by Islamabad police on Wednesday after they attempted to enter the building to attend the ongoing session of the National Assembly.

There was an exchange of harsh words during the standoff between the MNAs and the police as they demanded participation in the session. Lawmakers eventually backtracked after staging a protest against police resistance at the NA’s main entrance.

The PTI MNAs chanted slogans against the NA chairman, the prime minister and the interior minister as they announced their return to parliament tomorrow (Thursday).

During the deadlock, lawmakers had issued a five-minute ultimatum to the speaker demanding entry into the lower house of parliament. “If we are not allowed to enter parliament within five minutes, we will issue the next action plan,” said the members.

The MNAs who took part in the protest included Aftab Siddiqui, Faheem Khan, Saifur Rehman, Aftab Jahangir, Aslam Khan, Ataullah Khan and Jahangir Alam.

As the standoff between lawmakers and police continued, Iran’s ambassador to Pakistan also arrived at the parliament and was trapped in its premises amidst the chaos. The envoy was then escorted by security personnel via an alternate route.

The PTI legislators, detained by police, are members of the National Assembly from Karachi who resigned when they protested the impeachment of their party chairman Imran Khan last April.

Months later, their resignations were accepted by Chairman Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, after which lawmakers approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) to demand reinstatement and by-elections on their seats.

A day earlier, Siddiqui announced the lawmakers’ decision to attend the NA session at a rally in Karachi and wrote a letter to the speaker of the lower house informing him about it.

The lawmakers stated in the letter that it is their right to attend the meeting following the suspension of the speaker’s order following the court ruling in March. They warned to protest and take legal action if they could not participate in the session.


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