Nehal Hashmi’s U-turn: refuses to resign from Senate


Islamabad June 06 (TNS): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Senator Nehal Hashmi, who had sent his resignation to Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani after he was asked by the party leadership over his controversial statement against investigators grilling prime minister’s son, in a dramatic U-turn on Tuesday pleaded the Senate chairman not to accept his resignation.

Senate Chairman Rabbani had called Hashmi to appear before him in person to ascertain that he has resigned under no duress. Hashmi had earlier dispatched his resignation letter to the Senate chairman through his counsel.

On Tuesday morning, Hashmi met with the Senate chairman and impressed upon him that the resignation from him was taken under duress and his resignation should not be accepted.

Soon after the meeting, Raza Rabbani started consultation with parliamentary leaders of different parties and minister of law before taking any decision on the resignation.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Asif Kirmani said that Nehal Hashmi should have exibited character and should have stick to his resignation. “What Nehal Hashmi had uttered in his controversial speech was most unbecoming and a third rate statement by him,” Kirmani said


Meanwhile, PML-N Senator Mushahidulla Khan while talking to the media said that the sudden U-turn of Hashmi was beyond his comprehension as, according to him, the PML-N leadership had asked him to resign from the senatorship after his controversial video surfaced. “Nehal Hashmi should have taken into consideration the party discipline and the decision of the prime minister and the party before asking the Senate chairman not to accept his resignation,” Mushahidulla said adding that the whole parliament was not seeing the decision with a good view.

On Monday, after appearing before the Supreme Court in a contempt case, Hashmi had warned that he will expose the “real contemptors of courts” once he submits his reply to the court on June 16.

Talking to the media outside the Supreme Court, Hashmi said that his detractors and the media presented his speech out of context to malign him. He said that he never disrespected courts rather it was PTI chief Imran Khan who “insulted” courts and the election commission umpteenth times.

“The court cannot dispense the case without hearing me. I myself have worked for 30 years as a pleader. I and my family members faced jail during the movement for the restoration the judiciary. My life is replete with respect for the judiciary,” Hashmi said in an emotional tone.

He alleged that a certain force wanted a confrontation between institutions and want political stability in the country. He asked the media to desist from playing the video repeatedly.