Islamabad (Web Desk): Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Wednesday denotified another 43 Members of National Assembly (MNAs) belonging to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
According to an ECP notification, the resignations of the PTI lawmakers have been approved with immediate effect.
On Tuesday, National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf accepted the resignation of these lawmakers.
According to sources, the NA speaker had approved the resignations a few days ago and sent a summary to the ECP.
After approval of these resignations, only dissident PTI lawmakers will remain in the National Assembly.
On Monday, 45 PTI MNAs tried to meet NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to withdraw their resignations but he was unavailable.
Later, they staged protest outside parliament and a sit-in outside the official residence of the speaker. They also urged the top electoral body to not denotify them.
The development comes days after National Assembly Speaker accepted 35 resignations of PTI lawmakers on January 20.
Earlier on January 17, the NA speaker accepted 34 resignations of 34 PTI MNAs and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.
It is pertinent to mention that around 123 PTI MNAs tendered their resignations en masse after Imran Khan's government was ousted through a no-confidence motion in April 2022.
On July 28, 2022, the NA speaker had accepted the resignations of only 11 PTI lawmakers.