Deputy Speaker rejects no-trust motion against Pakistan PM Imran Khan; calls it against Constitution

Pakistan National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri on Sunday rejected a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, calling it against Article 5 of the Constitution.

Suri presided over the crucial session after opposition parties filed a no-confidence motion against Speaker Asad Kaiser.

Opposition MPs, who earlier appeared confident of the success of the no-confidence motion as they made their way into the Parliament House, opposed the decision.

Opposition parties need 172 members of the 342-member National Assembly to plan for Khan’s defeat and have already claimed the support of 177 members, which is more than the strength needed to remove the prime minister.

The united opposition filed a no-confidence motion on 8 March, setting up a set of events on polling day and increasing tensions due to Khan’s insistence that he be targeted as part of a “foreign conspiracy” with cooperation. Had been. Top opposition leader.

Khan, 69, on Saturday called on followers of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, especially the youth, to hold a “peaceful protest” on polling day, to quash the conspiracy and the proceedings to topple the assembly. . Government.

He previously described the rebel MPs as “traitors” and said they would be branded as such for life as he urged them to come back and thwart the opposition’s attempt to topple his government.

Khan, who had earlier asked his party MPs not to attend the no-confidence session, has now ordered them to attend the proceedings and vocally defend his prime minister.

Khan, who came to power in 2018 with a promise to create a ‘Naya Pakistan’, is at a turning point in his political career as he lost majority after defecting from his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Two of his allies also withdrew their support and joined the ranks of the rejuvenating opposition.

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