Reference against Unification Bloc members rejected

A defection reference against nine Unification Bloc members was rejected on Wednesday.
Rejecting the reference, Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal said that the members, against whom the reference was filed, could not be disqualified under the article 63 of the constitution.

According to media reports, the speaker said that 46 out of 81 members of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) had elected Dr Tahir Ali Javed as their parliamentary leader so Zaheerud Din did not have the majority to exercise the rights of a parliamentary leader.

Any PML-Q member neither deserted his party nor voted for another party’s candidate, the speaker added.

PML-Q parliamentary leader in the Punjab Assembly, Chaudhry Zaheerud Din, on Thursday filed a defection notification against nine members of the Unification Bloc with the speaker.

The nine members against whom the defection reference was filed are, Dr Tahir Ali Javed, Mian Ata Muhammad Maneka, Tariq Mehmood, Chaudhry Arshad Jutt, Naseem Lodhi, Saba Sadiq, Furhana Afzal, Ayesha Javed and Joyce Rufin.

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