PTI may not be able to chuck Uzma out of assembly.


Byline: Mansoor Malik

LAHORE -- The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) may not be able to get MPA Uzma Kardar de-seated as recommended by the party's Standing Committee on Accountability and Discipline (SCAD).

Sources say the PTI can approach the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to de-seat an MPA only if they did not give vote to party's chief minister and president candidates or for the passing of a budget.

Earlier in 2017, the PTI filed a reference in the ECP to get then MNA Ayesha Gulalai de-seated after terminating her party basic membership for leveling allegations against party chairman Imran Khan and other leaders. However, the party was not able to get Ms Gulalai de-seated.

Now Ms Karadr is also in the face of a similar situation after an audio clip went viral online where she is heard speaking about the first lady, the establishment's increased role in government affairs and media management and that Prime Minister Imran Khan is going hand-in-hand with the establishment.

Later, she in her video message she said she respected the armed forces that always protected the nation on borders, war against terrorism and even served masses during calamities in the country. She condemned the manipulated content used to malign the armed forces adding that her husband had also belonged to the armed forces.

The SCAD has decided to expel her from the basic membership of the party and that 'you are also not eligible to hold any post or position at the parliamentary level'.

PTI chief organizer Saifullah Khan Niazi told Dawn the party would only approach the ECP to de-seat the party discipline violator as per its rules...

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