As soon as it became apparent that the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan could not be stalled any longer, he announced that all members of the National Assembly (MNAs) belonging to his party – PTI – would resign. As a result, 123 PTI MNAs tendered their resignations a day later. Of them, 32 of the total 155 MNAs did not resign either as an act of defiance to party direction or for other reasons. The acting speaker who was also a PTI MNA, instead of following the normal practice of individually verifying each resignation to ensure that it did really bear the MNA’s true signature and was tendered without coercion, decided to accept all resignations simultaneously and made the assembly secretariat issue a notification to this effect before himself resigning as Deputy Speaker and MNA.
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