PTI MNAs’ salaries withheld over absence


National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday said the salaries of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers who resigned from the assembly have been withheld.

While talking to reporters in the Parliament’s press gallery, the NA speaker said that if a lawmaker moves a motion against PTI’s absent lawmakers, he would be bound to conduct a vote. Upon getting a majority, the PTI members can be declared ineligible, he said, adding that PTI lawmakers laughed when he telephoned them to ask about their resignations.

Responding to allegations regarding election rigging, Sadiq said that he is ready to undergo a Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) scan, Computerised Tomography (CT) scan and even a blood test. He further alleged that he has been a victim of “political terrorism”.

Sadiq said that PTI Chairman Imran Khan has so far failed to produce any evidence of rigging against him in the tribunal and if the result of NA-122 investigation is released, Khan will be left with no chance of protest. He maintained that the report to be presented in the tribunal regarding finger prints will be the same as any other case.