Islamabad (August 31, 2017): National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq has sent a reference against former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member and MNA Ayesha Gulalai seeking to denotify from her seat, to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The ECP confirmed it has received the notice.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday had sent a notice to Gulalai stating that she has defected from the party in terms of Article 63 A (1) of the Constitution.“In furtherance thereof and in compliance with the requirements of Article 63 A (2) of the Constitution, this declaration is being forwarded to you as well as the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chief Election Commissioner for further action in accordance with the Constitution,” states the notice.
Gulalai, a member of the National Assembly from the PTI, quit the party earlier this month after levelling allegations of harassment and corruption at the PTI chief.The notice, dated August 28 and sent to Gulalai’s home addresses in Islamabad and Peshawar, states that Gulalai on August 1 publicly resigned from the party, did not vote for the party’s designated candidate in the prime minister’s elections on August 1.
“Each of your two aforementioned act(s) and omission(s) fall squarely within and constitute valid and actionable grounds under Articles 63 A (1) (a) and 63 (1) (b) (i) of the Constitution for declaring that you have defected from the PTI in terms of the said provisions of the Constitution.
It also mentions that Gulalai failed to reply to a show-cause notice issued to her by the party on August 10.
On August 1, Ayesha Gulalai had announced her exit from the party amid a flurry of scathing allegations against Imran Khan and other top party members.Gulalai made the announcement moments before the election of a new prime minister, citing “ill-treatment” of women in the party as the reason behind her decision. She claimed that she had communicated her grievances to the party leadership but no action had been taken.
Prior to her resignation Gulalai, who is a former PPP member, had been a staunch and vocal supporter of the PTI and Imran Khan, often featuring in prime time talkshows to defend party policies.
On August 4, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had called for the formation of a special committee to investigate the allegations of harassment levelled against Khan by Gulalai.