On Tuesday, former information minister and leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party Fawad Chaudhry said that Speaker of the National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s decision to accept the resignations of PTI legislators was an effort to save opposition leader Raja Riaz.
After accepting 81 resignations filed in April 2022 after Imran Khan’s ousting as prime minister via a no-confidence motion, the speaker accepted the resignations of 43 additional PTI members earlier in the day, bringing the total number of PTI lawmakers who had resigned to 124.
In an effort to put Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to the test with a vote of no confidence, the Imran Khan-led party intended to return to the parliament and unseat Raja Riaz, a dissident PTI leader, as opposition leader.
After Mr. Ashraf took measures to safeguard Raja Riaz, the former minister of communication took to Twitter to announce that the country was getting closer to elections and that 40 percent of the NA seats were empty. He remarked, “Elections are the only answer to this issue,” adding that the public, by their ballots, would ultimately determine how long the government could avoid holding elections.
He stated that the only reason the PTI decided to return to the house was to get rid of Raja Riaz, and that without his removal, the legislature would have lost representations. Shehbaz Sharif, he said, had lost the majority and was now relying on traitors to keep his administration in power.