An important session of Pakistan’s National Assembly on a no-trust motion against war-torn Prime Minister Imran Khan was adjourned on Friday without tabling the resolution, amid boisterous protests from opposition lawmakers.
State Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the session was adjourned till 4pm on March 28 following the death of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MP Khayal Zaman on February 14.
According to the convention of the Parliament of Pakistan, the first conference after the death of a member of parliament is limited to prayers for the deceased and tributes from fellow lawmakers.
Several prominent opposition members, including Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari were in the hall on Friday to take part in the much-anticipated session.
When Speaker Qaiser adjourned the session, opposition leaders began to protest, asking him to take the motion but the speakers did not turn on their microphones and retired to his room.
The speaker said the decision to take a no -confidence motion would be taken at the next session.
Voting on the resolution must be held at least three to seven days after it is tabled before the Senate, according to the rules.
The Senate Secretariat has issued 15 ‘Order of the Day’ items for the NA session, including a no -confidence resolution.
Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif tweeted that out of 163 opposition lawmakers, 159 were present in the hall.
It is unclear how many MPs of Pakistan’s ruling Tehreek-i-Insaf party attended the session but the party skipped its parliamentary meeting before the session.
Speaking at a press conference outside the Parliament House shortly after the session was adjourned, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif warned that if the ballot motion is not allowed to move on Monday, then they will not be responsible for what happens next.
“Asad Qaiser is acting as an PTI employee and not the speaker of the Senate,” he said, adding that the opposition would use legal and constitutional protests if Qaiser tried to “act as a slave (PM Khan)”.
He also urged the speaker to be tried under Article 6 of the Constitution, which deals with high treason.
“The motion of no trust will be our weapon of democracy. We will move towards free and fair elections,” Bilawal said, adding that the prime minister had lost “his majority and his government”.
Responding to Sharif’s comments, senior PTI leader and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi demanded an apology from him for his criticism of the speaker.
“The words you used against Asad Qaiser are inappropriate and I want you to retract the statement immediately,” he said, adding that the speaker is responsible for conducting the proceedings in whatever way he deems fit.
Qureshi also denied allegations that the government “ran away” from the no -confidence motion motion. “We will deal with it democratically, politically and legally.” Answering a reporter’s question, he said that the opposition would receive another shock on March 27.
Earlier, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry tried to belittle the proceedings at the rally by saying: “Nothing else will happen in the rally session; everything will happen at the Gaddafi Stadium.” He was apparently referring to the last day of the 3rd Test between Pakistan and Australia.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Khan asked the public to join his party’s rally in Islamabad on Sunday to convey to the opposition party that “their funeral is being carried out where a (new) Pakistani naya is being resurrected”.
Speaking at a public gathering in Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Khan accused the Opposition of engaging in the lawmaker’s horse trade.
Pakistan has been on the sidelines since Opposition parties on March 8 filed a no-confidence motion before the National Assembly Secretariat, claiming that Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaaf government led by Prime Minister Khan is responsible for the country’s growing economic and inflationary crisis that. Country.
Khan, 69, heads a coalition government and he could be ousted if several partners decide to switch sides.
He faced revolt by about two dozen lawmakers and his allied parties who also refused to support him.
Both Khan and his ministers tried to give the impression that everything was fine and he would win out of the trial.
No Pakistani prime minister has ever completed a full five -year term in office.
Ringing the alarm bell, Home Minister Sheikh Rashid said on Thursday that early elections could be held in the country to end the current political uncertainty following the no -trust motion against Prime Minister Khan. The next general election is expected by the end of 2023.
On Wednesday, Khan had said that he would not resign at any cost and claimed to have a “surprise” for the opposition, even though at least three ruling coalition allies had stated to vote against his government during the no-trust motion.
Both government and opposition politicians have worked overtime in their favor.
On Thursday, Pakistan’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that casting a lawmaker’s vote during a no-confidence motion against the prime minister would be “insulting” and a member of the Senate should not be barred from voting.
Chief Justice Bandial led a five -person supreme court to hear a petition by the government to seek guidance from the Supreme Court on allowing an opponent to vote against party policy and a period of disqualification to oppose party lines while voting in parliament.
The legal battle is part of a political war between Prime Minister Khan and the opposition party.
PTI has 155 members in the 342-member Senate and needs at least 172 MPs on its side to remain in government.
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