Islamabad - A division bench of Islamabad High Court (IHC) will take up today (Wednesday) a petition of former senator of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Syed Zafar Ali Shah, challenging the return of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) members of National Assembly (MNAs) to the parliament.

The division bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Aamir Farooq will conduct the hearing of the petition along with the objections raised by IHC Registrar office.

Zafar Ali Shah who was recently retired from the upper house of the parliament contended in his petition that these MNAs were aliens to the National Assembly and they have no right to attend the parliament session.

He added that some 8 months before these MNAs had resigned from the National Assembly membership and now their return is unconstitutional. In his petition, the former senator nominated federal government, speaker National Assembly, Elections Commission of Pakistan (ECP), leader of the house, leader of opposition, Chairman PTI Imran Khan and all his MNAs as respondents.

He maintained that PTI MNAs had voluntarily tendered their resignations and constitution of Pakistan is very clear in this regard that once an MNA resigns from the assembly he is immediately de-seated. However, the petitioner continued that under the rules, it is responsibility of the speaker national assembly to verify that either these resignations were on voluntary basis or under some pressure.

Zafar Ali Shah added that media reports and TV channels kept reporting that PTI MNAs had resigned and they (PTI MNAs) standing with the wall of national assembly kept testifying that they have resigned. Therefore, Shah said that he prayed to the court to direct the respondents to notify resignations of PTI MNAs.