KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) announced to suspend the basic membership of Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh for voting against party’s policy on Election Reform Bill in Senate.
Senator Ateeq gave his vote in support of the amendment in Political Parties Order 2002. The successful passage of the bill has provided legal justification to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to head Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz.
A consultative party meeting on the issue was convened by MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar, seeking clarification from the lawmaker about his support to the PML-N.
Later, while speaking to press, Sattar informed that the party decided to suspend the basic membership of the senator for his vote against the party line. “We were supporting Pakistan Peoples’ Party’s motion on the issue, however, Senator Ateeq voted against party’s policy,” he said.
Meanwhile, Senator Ateeq while speaking to Geo News said that the policies of Pakistan Peoples’ Party were not clear to him on the issue. He added that Sattar did not inform him of his membership suspension during the party’s meeting.
He added that Farooq Sattar or party had no role in his decision to vote for the bill.
PTI issues show-cause notices
On the same issue, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf served show-cause notices to its two Senators on their absence during the Senate session.
The notices were given to Senator Brig (R) John Kenneth Willams and Nauman Wazir Khattak.
Both the lawmakers have been directed to submit their response to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan within seven working days of the receipt of the notice.