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5 PML-N MPs submit resignations to Sialvi.

Faisalabad/Narowal -- Another crucial day for embattled Pakistan Muslim League-N led government as on Sunday five party legislators including three MPAs and two MNAs submitted their resignations to Pir of Sial Sharif Muhammad Hameeduddin Sialvi, a spiritual leader.

The move came during the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (PBUH) Conference of Sunni Ittehad Council in Faisalabad's Dhobi Ghaat Ground led by Sialvi who announced his dissociation from Pakistan Muslim League-N a few days earlier. Scholars and advisors from across the country are attending the conference.

In his brief address to participants of the conference, Pir Sialvi said he is not a political person and the agenda of calling this conference solely revolves around finality of the Prophethood (Khatm-e-Nabuwwat).

'As firm believers of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat, we gathered with no intention of soliciting support for elections or a political agenda,' Sialvi said.

Pir Sialvi, who is also a former senator, earlier claimed at least 15 parliamentarians 'spiritually associated' with the Sial Sharif shrine would tender their resignations at the public meeting in Faisalabad.

Sialvi has also reiterated demand for a resignation by the Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah over his stance on the finality of Prophethood (PBUH).

Speaking in Prophethood finality conference, Pir Hamid-ud-Din Sialvi said that their cause is devoid of political ambitions and only for the sake of the finality of the prophet and asserted that this principle is not to be compromised.

He stressed that Pakistan was made in the name of Islam and the law of this religion will be implemented in this country. In the conference, it was announced that next procession will be held in Lahore over Rana Sanaullah's reluctance to resign.

Those PML-N MPs who resigned include Ghulam Bibi Bharwana from Jhang (MNA), Dr Nisar Ahmed Jutt from Faisalabad (MNA), Maulana Rehmatullah from Chinot (MNA), Ghulam Nizamuddin Sialvi from Sarghodha, Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi's son (MPA), and Muhammad Khan Baloch from Jhang (MPA).

As many as 25 councillors and chairmen of Punjab union councils are also expected to submit their resignations.

Earlier, a spokesperson of Sial Sharif shrine claimed participation of numerous caretakers of shrines to call for immediate resignation of the Punjab law minister. The spokesperson also vowed to step up their campaign over non-fulfillment of their prime demand, resignation of Rana Sanaullah.

The lawmakers belong to Jhang, Chiniot, Faisalabad and Sargodha districts.

The Punjab Law Minister had come under fire for his remarks regarding the status of Ahmadis in the country in a TV show, which he said, had been 'distorted and twisted by some rivals to take political advantage'.

Earlier this week, the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had assured the Pir that he would visit him shortly and clarify the position and remarks of Rana Sanaullah.

Punjab's Religious Affairs Minister Zaeem Hussain Qadri and standing committee chairman Malik Waris Kallu had also given a similar assurance to the spiritual leader that Sanaullah would appear before him to clarify his remarks and would resign as minister if he 'fails to satisfy' the Pir Sahib.

Meanwhile, PML-N MNA Nisar Jutt gave Pir Sialvi the power to decide his political future, as did MPA Ghulam Niazuddin Sialvi, who said he's willing to sacrifice thousands of 'seats' for the Finality of Prophethood (PBUH). MPA Mohammad Khan Baloch also said that Pir Sialvi has the right to declare his resignation.

Meanwhile, addressing a ceremony in Narowal on Sunday, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that four to five resignations from Pakistan Muslim League-N legislators will not damage the PML-N government. Ahsan Iqbal said that political opponents are busy in pulling government's legs through different tactics and added that PML-N government will complete its tenure.

He asserted that Pakistan does not need protests in the current scenario but development. 'The nation knows that these sit-ins are only being staged to hinder the progress of the country,' he said.

'If the elections are conducted in 60 or 90 days, no one will be able to stop PML-N from winning. But a conspiracy is being made to bring a caretaker government for a long period through which rigging can be held in elections for being successful. But I think that it is not possible,' pronounced Ahsan Iqbal. The minister said that sabotaging the Senate elections means to stop the timely process of election. He urged the opposition parties not to become a part of the conspiracy and wait for their turn as Pakistan needs, unity and solidarity.

He said the entire nation will demonstrate extreme unity to foil nefarious designs of the forces engaged in destabilizing the country.

He said that dissolution of the national and provincial assemblies before the Senate election is tantamount to a conspiracy to induct an interim government for a long time. He said that nation will never forgive those political parties which will become part of this conspiracy.

The Interior Minister said that the PML-N government will ensure the continuity of democracy and timely holding of general elections in the country. The minister said that sabotaging the Senate elections means to stop the timely process of election. He urged the opposition parties not to become a part of the conspiracy and wait for their turn as Pakistan needs, unity and solidarity.
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Publication:Pakistan Observer (Islamabad, Pakistan)
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Date:Dec 11, 2017
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