ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly on Tuesday once again deferred voting on the resolutions moved by Muttahida Quami Movement and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) to de-seat PTI lawmakers for absenting the house proceedings over 40 days without informing the NA speaker’s office.

The House, after getting sense of the house from treasury and opposition, has decided to take up motions about PTI’s MNAs for voting tomorrow (Thursday).

PTI’s lawmakers seemingly annoyed over government for further delaying motions have decided to stay away from the proceeding of the house till making any final decision on it.

The house, which started proceeding over hour late, also remained suspended for an hour as parliamentary leaders held a meeting with speaker to reach on any consensus without any division in political factions. “Government and opposition should jointly handle the matter in an amicable way, as motions would be taken up without any further delay,” said Speaker Iyaz Sadiq, after an hour long deliberation with the parliamentary leaders.

Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah, on point of order, asked speaker to defer the motions for one more day so that all parties reached on any final decision.

Supporting opposition party’s demand, Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique said that all political parties should jointly make efforts for the prosperity of country. “It is my request from both MQM and JUI-F to withdraw their motions to de-seat PTI’s lawmakers over their consecutive 40 days absence without informing speaker office,” he added.

He further advised PTI’s MNAs not to cast doubts on each and every matter as no conspiracy is being hatched to de-seat them. “There is difference between criticism and using abusive language against political opponents,” he added.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shikeh Aftab also asked both JUI-F and MQM to withdraw their motions and move forward for the continuation of democracy. “There is no need to divide the house and avoid voting on it,” he added.

PTI’s Deputy Parliamentary Leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on his turn, said that PTI would stay away from the proceeding of the House till motions are not taken up. “Further delay to take up motions has no reasons,” he said, adding that PML-N has shared its decision on the motions then it needs not to be further delay this matter.

Responding to the concerns raised by political faction about sit-ins, he said that Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) was interested to bring positive changes in electoral reforms. “I have gauged the sense of the house, as some are politicking and other wants to move forward,” said PTI’s lawmaker and left the house with his other party members.

PPP’s Aijaz Jhakrani, on point of order, also requested both MQM and JUI-F to withdraw their motions. “PTI members have rejoined and now they should be given space to play their role in parliament.

JUI-F Chef Maulana Fazlur Rahman, who took the floor thrice, demanded some more time to deliberate on the motions with his party members to reach on any consensus on this matter. “The agenda of my meeting with the prime minister was Kashmir refugees as this matter was not discussed,” he said, adding that they want to fight in the framework of constitution.

Maulana also engaged in a dialogue with speaker when he argued that any constituency stands vacant soon after the submission of resignation by concerned lawmaker. “Why you are not investigating the matter of resignation when PTI’s lawmakers are present in the house, as you can verify it even in the house,” said JUI-F chief, adding that speaker has no authority to give ruling against the constitution. “A ruling of former speaker Fehmida Mirza was also challenged and dismissed by Supreme Court,” he remarked, responding to Speaker Iyaz Sadiq who interrupted Maulana that ruling of speaker cannot be changed as this matter has already been resolved.

MQM, the third parliamentary leader, also supported JUI-F’s stance for further delaying the motions. “There is no harm to delay it more for two days,” MQM’s senior MNA Farooq Sattar said, requesting other political factions not to consider it motion against democratic system. “We are all custodian of the house as we don’t want to create crisis like situation in the country,” said MQM, proposing that PTI lawmakers can give application to condone their 40 days absence from house.

Jamaat-e-Islami MNA Tariq Ullah, on point of order, said that there was no need to further delay the matter. “We oppose it as this matter should be finalised now,” said JI’s lawmaker, adding that this matter should not be made more suspicious.

Taking part in discussion, ANP lawmaker Haji Ghulam Ahmed Baliour said that decision should be made under law and constitution. “Need not to ask PTI to apologise as their rejoining of the house is tantamount to tender apology,” he viewed.

PkMAP Chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai, on his turn , said that PTI’s MNAs should tender apology on their conduct during sit-ins. “One word of sorry should also come from PTI,” he said proposing resolution be passed for supremacy of constitution.

AML Chief Sheikh Rashid, on point of order, was of the view that PTI’s image was being tarnished with a planned move. “Further delay in this matter would not prove fruitful rather make it suspicious,” he added.