The Opposition took serious objection to Speaker Asad Qaiser’s remarks about the probability of the no-confidence motion against PM Imran Khan failing.
The NA speaker told journalists in Islamabad that the Opposition had a constitutional right to a no-confidence motion, but he did not give a timetable.
“I shall obey the law; I am currently consulting with the NA secretariat regarding calling the session,” the speaker remarked.
The speaker made his remarks after meeting with the NA’s legal department to discuss disgruntled party members’ voting rights, according to insiders.
The speaker was told that while no member can be prevented from voting, the party can punish those who do so.
The legal department claimed the law is very clear in this regard, quoting Article 63(1)A of the Pakistan Constitution.
Sources say the speaker also inquired if he could rule on the disgruntled members before voting, to which he was told he could, but the relevant rules are clear.
The department responded to Asad Qaiser’s question about whether he can take action against suspicious members if the party supplied their names.