“Fascist party party” will participate to election and return to National Assembly, Marriyum Aurangzeb says
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) resolved unanimously Tuesday, according to Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, not to participate in the next National Assembly by-elections.
In her remarks, the information minister specifically called out the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), claiming that only the “fascist party” will now run in the by-elections and return to the National Assembly.
She claimed that the “fascist party” had no idea what would happen to it politically. It had petitioned the courts on the one hand to have its lower house members’ resignations accepted and on the other hand to have them rejected.
The decision was made after two important PDM partners, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), also decided not to run in the by-elections.
In an effort to put greater pressure on the PDM, more than 100 lawmakers from the former ruling party abruptly resigned from their seats in April of last year, leaving the seats vacant.
The PTI’s strategy appeared to have failed, and the PDM continued to control the nation, assuming that the government could not function without a sizable number of vacant seats.
In addition to dissolving the provincial assemblies, the federal communications minister questioned why the PTI MNAs had resigned in large numbers if they intended to run in the by-elections.
She continued, “The “fascist party” appeared to be in a pickle because it was caught up in elections, parliament, and legal proceedings. Khan will no longer be permitted to wreak havoc on the nation, according to Marriyum.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has declared that by-elections will be held on March 16 for 33 of the vacant NA seats and on March 19 for the other 31 seats. The remaining seats’ dates have not yet been released.