After being accused of being “biassed” and “a party to Prime Minister Imran Khan” ahead of the vote on the no-confidence motion against the premier, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser on Wednesday clarified that he would act in accordance with the law and that the assembly’s proceedings would be conducted in accordance with Article 95 of the Constitution.
“I, as the custodian of the National Assembly of Pakistan, shall fulfill my constitutional duty and will act in accordance with Article 95 of the Constitution and Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly of Pakistan, 2007,” National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser wrote on Twitter.
During the voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan on March 14, Qaiser stated that he would adhere to the rules of procedure because the Opposition had taken strong exception to his remarks about a possible failure of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In a chat with media in Islamabad, the speaker of the National Assembly stated that the Opposition had the constitutional right to move a no-confidence vote, but he did not set a date for the session.
As the speaker had previously stated, “I will adhere to the law, I am still in communication with the National Assembly secretariat regarding calling the session, and it will be called in accordance with the constitution.”