In a surprising turn of events, Sheikh Rasheed backed away after announcing to resign from his seat in the National Assembly, the lower House of Parliament.
Speaking to a press conference on Tuesday, the Awami Muslim League (AML) leader said that he was determined to submit his resignation to the National Assembly Speaker, Ayaz Sadiq, but the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan stopped him from doing so.
“I was ready to resign but Imran Khan told me to wait for seven to eight days,” he stated.
Sheikh Rasheed predicted that he doesn’t see the occurrence of general elections in 2018. He added that he knows there will be no by-poll if resignations are made after January.
On January 17, Sheikh Rasheed had announced resignation from his seat in the National Assembly during his address at the Mall Road rally staged by the opposition parties combined.
Addressing to the Tahirul Qadri-hosted protest in Lahore, he said, “I resign from my National Assembly (Rawalpindi) seat.”
He had suggested that Imran Khan and other PTI lawmakers should also resign from their seats in order to create pressure on the ruling PML-N.