The National Assembly met for the first time since the Judicial Commission formed on the alleged rigging claims of Imran Khan submitted. As expected the debate revolved around the issues pertaining to the Judicial Commission report and the reaction of political parties. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had accepted the findings of the Judicial Commission report but at the same time the party expressed reservations on how the elections were conducted and especially on the role of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). On Monday the government presented the agreement with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on the Judicial Commission in the National Assembly.
Speaking in NA Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that as per the agreement between the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) and PTI, the PTI is bound to take back all its allegations but it was saddening to see the press conference of PTI Chief Imran Khan. Shah Mehmood Qureshi leader of PTI said that his party was disappointed with the findings of the report and it was a natural feeling but still accepted the findings of the report. He added that the report had exposed the capability of the ECP.
On Tuesday Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) moved a motion that called for the seats of 28 PTI members who remained absent without leave from the NA for forty consecutive days to be declared vacant under Clause (2) of Article 64 of the Constitution. NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq however deferred voting by one week on the resolution to de-seat PTI lawmakers. PTI have however found support from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), with leader Leader of Opposition in NA Khursheed Shah reciprocating demands put forward by Imran Khan that officials of the ECP should tender their resignations in light of the findings of the JC report.
The focus of the National Assembly should now be on electoral reforms that will in the long run strengthen democracy in the country.