RAWALPINDI: Leaders of All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) have formally announced here on Saturday to resign from the National and provincial assemblies and in this regard 84 Members National Assembly and 152 members of the provincial assemblies have submitted their resignations with their concerned party chiefs. In a joint press conference here at the residence of PML (N) leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the APDM leadership said that all the NA parliamentarians would proceed to the National Assembly in a procession from the parliament lodges on October 2 and would submit their resignations with Speaker National Assembly.
The MPAs from the three provincial assemblies in the same way would march towards the assemblies in procession for submission of their resignations, they said. Members of the Frontier Assembly would not tender their resignations as the NWFP Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani would recommend the Provincial Governor to dissolve the assembly, they added. The leaders said that up till now 84 MNAs and 152 MPAs have handed over their resignations and that other parliamentarians who were abroad for performing Umra or because of other personal engagements would submit their resignations after their return to the country before October 2.
It was unanimously decided that speakers of NWFP and Balochistan Assemblies would not resign as a strategy to combat any line of action of the government. APDM leaders said that MPAs from Frontier and Balochistan Assemblies would not resign because both the Houses would be dissolved on the recommendation of the provincial chief ministers. APDM also announced to observe black day and complete shutter down on October 6, the day polling would be held for the Presidential election. Protests demonstrations would also be observed in all districts throughout the country on October 2, the day the opposition would submit their resignations with the speakers.
The APDM leaders strongly condemned the manhandling and torture of the journalists and lawyers by police and the security forces and express their solidarity with the both the communities. They extended their full support to the media and lawyers for holding a protest march today (Sunday) and asked all the political activists in APDM to participate in the protest.
The brutal use of force against the media and lawyer community was a clear indication that the country was void of law, constitution and basic human rights, APDM leaders said. Peaceful demonstrators, who were exercising their legal right, were subjected to brutal use of force and torture on the government directives, they added. The leaders said that the whole world witnessed the maltreatment and harassment of the media and lawyers and blamed the government for degrading Pakistan’s image on the international forum.-SANA