LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League Senator Nehal Hashmi requested Senate chairman Mian Raza Rabbani on Tuesday not to accept his resignation in what appears a policy shift for the lawmaker.
According to Geo News, Nehal who is currently embroiled in a tough situation after his diatribe against top judiciary and members of Joint Investigation Team called on Senate chairman Raza Rabbani and requested him to put on hold his resignation which he tendered on May 31.
Reacting to the latest development, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan of ruling PML-N expressed that Nehal Hashmi should stand by his decision and follow party discipline.
Earlier on Monday, Nehal appeared before a three-member bench who took notice of his outrageous speech made a week ago and stated that he was being mistreated.
The top court ordered the PML-N stalwart to submit his reply on June 6.
Nehal Hashmi’s Outrageous Speech
Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader Nehal Hashmi came into the limelight on Wednesday when a video surfaced in which he can be seen threatening judiciary in a veiled reference.
The video that went viral on the internet shows a disgruntled Senator Nehal warning rivals and ‘some honourable officials associated with top institutions’ of dire consequences if they continued their concerns with the accountability of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
“Whoever is asking for accountability will retire tomorrow and we will deal with them,” insinuated Hashmi in a veiled threat to the top judiciary currently probing the ruling Sharif family in the backdrop of Panama papers.
“Those grilling… [be warned that] we will arrange the day of judgment for you.”
“You are making the life of the prime minister difficult. The Pakistani nation will make it difficult for you to live,” he added, without taking any names.
Party Membership Revoked
Hashmi’s party membership was revoked on May 31 after the prime minister house took a notice of his speech.
“A show-cause notice has also been issued to the senator,” said Dr Asif Kirmani, the adviser to Prime Minister on Political Affairs.
“We have also demanded his (Hashmi’s) resignation from Senate,” State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said, in a statement.
Later, Hashmi tendered his resignation to Chairman Senate.