All PTI lawmakers handed over their resignations to me: Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Tuesday a legal team of his party will collect evidence relating to the Punjab government’s alleged corruption in executing development projects in the province.

He was apparently responding to Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif who had earlier said he would resign if the allegations of corruption against him were proved.

Earlier today, the party’s central executive committee met in Bani Gala, Islamabad.

Imran also confirmed that lawmakers of the party had submitted their resignations to him, saying he would make a final decision in this regard after due consultation.

The PTI leadership has been consulting on whether to step down en mass, as some within the ranks fear it would rather be counterproductive in view of the ongoing campaign against the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over alleged corruption.

Last week, Imran confirmed an intra-party debate was ongoing whether to exercise the option of tendering resignations from  parliament en masse.

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The move is apparently aimed at launching a full-fledged movement by taking to the streets against the ruling party, with particular focus on the upcoming general elections scheduled this year.

Commenting on the passage of resolution against him in the National Assembly, Imran said: “Criminal and corrupt elements have joined hands against him. These people are working in collusion and have common vested interests.”

The NA passed a resolution against Imran and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid for the former’s remarks cursing parliament in the multi-party opposition protest held recently in Lahore.

The PTI chief also said, “[Deposed premier] Nawaz Sharif is targeting the judiciary,” adding, “The [top] court has held the Sharif family accountable for the first time and is going to handover them their charge sheet.”

The PML-N chief, he added, wants to evade punishment at all costs as he knows his assets abroad worth of billions of dollars will be frozen if he’s sentenced.

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