Oath-taking of MNAs on reserved seats unconstitutional: Omar Ayub Khan

Omer Ayub Khan, lawmaker backed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), strongly objected to the oath-taking of members of the National Assembly (MNAs) on reserved seats, calling it “unconstitutional.

A group of newly elected lawmakers on reserved seats in the NA were sworn in. NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq administered the oath to the MNAs amidst chanting by PTI-backed SIC lawmakers.

Taking the floor, Ayub — Imran Khan’s pick for the leader of the opposition — said: “Today’s oath-taking of MNAs on reserved seats is illegal and has no [legal] standing.”


Raising questions over the oathtaking, the PTI leader asked a country can be run without the rule of law. “The system cannot work like this.”

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has extended a stay order on the oath-taking ceremony for lawmakers who were supposed to take their oaths on reserved seats supported by the PTI-backed SIC. This extension lasts until March 13.

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