Saturday, January 28, 2023

Opposition files no-confidence motion against Pervaiz Elahi

Following the submission of a no-confidence resolution against Prime Minister Imran Khan, the combined Opposition on Thursday filed a no-trust motion against Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Elahi.

Pervaiz Elahi, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, is vying for the position of the chief minister against Hamza Shahbaz, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N.

Sami Ullah Khan, Khalil Tahir, and Khawaja Salman Rafique, all members of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), submitted the resolution to the Punjab Assembly Secretariat. The political crisis in the country has gotten worse as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filed a no-confidence motion against Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari after he convened a session on 6th April instead of April 16. According to the legislation, he is also prohibited from presiding over a session.

On April 16, the assembly will convene for the purpose of electing a new chief minister.

Restoration of National Assembly:

The National Assembly was restored on Thursday by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, which ruled that the government’s decision to dissolve the assembly and NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri’s ruling against the Constitution were both unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court has ordered National Assembly Speaker Asad Qasier to convene the session on Saturday (April 9) no later than 10:30 a.m. in order to enable the vote on the no-confidence motion against the prime minister to be held in parliament.

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“As a result of the foregoing, it is stated that the Prime Minister was subject to the restrictions imposed by the Explanation to clause (1) of Article 58 of the Constitution at all relevant periods and continues to be subject to those restrictions. As a result, he could not have urged the President to dissolve the Assembly at any point in time, as anticipated by clause (1) of Article 58 of the Constitution “The court’s order was read aloud.

“As a result of the aforesaid, it is declared that the advice given by the Prime Minister to the President on or about the 3rd of April, 2022, to dissolve the Assembly was contrary to the Constitution and had no legal effect,” the order stated.

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