Friday, February 3, 2023

Speaker Asad Qaiser summons NA session on March 25

The opposition parties who filed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan on March 8 have requested that the National Assembly meet on March 25 at 11 a.m.

The assembly speaker’s decision came a day after the combined opposition threatened the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) administration for alleged attempts to delay the key session under the guise of the OIC moot in Islamabad on March 22-23.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the opposition leader and PPP chief, has threatened to disrupt the session by holding a sit-in.

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He had threatened to hold a sit-in in front of the National Assembly if the speaker did not allow the no-confidence motion to be tabled on Monday.

The opposition tried to retract his remarks, claiming that the OIC summit in Islamabad was a source of pride for the opposition and that it would not interrupt it.

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The NA speaker called the session using his powers under Article 54(3) and Article 254, according to a National Assembly Secretariat statement.

The speaker ordered the session to be postponed owing to repairs at Parliament House ahead of the OIC moot.

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“In the exercise of powers bestowed upon me by Clause (3) of Article 54 of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan read with Article 254.

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On the first available date, Friday, at Parliament House, Islamabad,” the speaker’s order stated.

A session of the National Assembly can be requested by at least 25% of the members, and the speaker has up to 14 days to convene it. The regulations state that the secretary will circulate a notice for the no-confidence motion the next working day.

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The regulations provide that “no vote shall be taken before the expiration of three days or after the expiration of seven days”. Experts think the speaker must convene the lower house on March 22 and vote on the no-confidence motion within three to seven days.

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