ISLAMABAD - Panic gripped ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) on Wednesday after it was rumoured in Parliament that Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had offered resignation to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a hearsay that was denied by the speaker Sadiq later.

The rumour was proved to be so strong that the speaker had to leave his chair and rush towards his nearby chamber in order to clarify through a television ticker that there was no truth in the rumour.

The news also sent a wave of anxiety among senior PML-N members and ministers who immediately made it to the speaker’s chamber to ascertain the authenticity of news.

Two key PML-N’s stalwarts including Railway Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique and Defense Minister Khwaja Asif among others were those who showed up at the office of the speaker to confirm the report.

But the speaker explained that the last time he had met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was the day when President Mamnoon Hussain was addressing the joint session of the Parliament and declined to have met the premier or tendered his resignation.

Political observers and journalists on the occasion wondered over the communication gap between senior PML-N leaders who took a mere rumour so serious that Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had to explain separately to his party colleagues.

Interestingly, the two ministers who called on the speaker are among the four winners whose election victory is doubted by PTI.

PTI chief Imran Khan has been demanding recount on four National Assembly constituencies won by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Khwaja Asif and Siddique Khan Baloch.

Background interviews revealed to The Nation that the government was mulling over taking resignation from these four lawmakers.

The Nation learnt reliably that two PML-N lawmakers including Siddique Khan Baloch and Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had revealed to their fellow party leaders that they would prefer to tender resignation to Prime Minister in an honorable way if Imran remained stuck to his demand of recount.

“This was perhaps the reason that the two Khawajas (Khwaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Asif) immediately rushed to the speaker’s chamber to confirm the report,” a source close to PML-N asserted.

Later, during his talks with media men, Khawaja Asif was reminded by some journalists that the news of Speaker’s resignation was broken by a PML-N’s blue-eyed journalist from electronic media. However, the minister replied with a smile without passing any remarks.