PTI-backed lawmakers protest MNAs on reserved seats oath-taking, citing ‘Contempt of court’

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PTI-backed lawmakers criticized the oath-taking of National Assembly members on reserved seats, calling it “contempt of court” and “unconstitutional”. The party argued that the seats should have been allocated to the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC). The ECP rejected the SIC’s petition for reserved seats, leading to a challenge in the Peshawar High Court. The oath-taking ceremony was postponed for nine women lawmakers claimed by the SIC. Despite objections, the NA session proceeded with the swearing-in of lawmakers. PTI members demanded the oath be declared void until the SIC received its seats. The PHC had issued a stay order on oath-taking, but the NA speaker claimed no notice was received. Resolutions were also passed in support of women leaders and the contributions of Pakistani women, including former PM Benazir Bhutto. Opposition members opposed the resolution, prompting the speaker to urge support for women’s rights despite political differences.

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