Saturday, January 28, 2023

Opposition files no-confidence motion against NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri

On Friday, the National Assembly Secretariat received a no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, which was submitted by the National Assembly Joint Opposition.

According to the opposition’s resolution, the deputy speaker had breached the constitution on April 3 when he ruled against a no-confidence petition against Prime Minister Imran Khan that had been submitted by the opposition.

The motion further stated that his verdict had been overturned by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, which had declared it to be unconstitutional.

It is important to note that, in a landmark decision on April 7, the Supreme Court declared the deputy speaker’s decision to be in contradiction with the constitution and ordered the restoration of the National Assembly, which was previously dissolved.

The court declared all actions made by Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi to be null and void, and ruled that the speaker of the National Assembly could not dismiss the session until a vote on a no-confidence resolution had been taken.

The legislature’s session will be called to order on Saturday (April 9) for a vote on the no-confidence motion, according to the court. It further directed that no hindrances be placed in the way of the voting process.

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The National Assembly session will be reconvened on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. or later as a result of the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision against the deputy speaker’s rule and the dissolution of the assembly.

The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the decision of Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri in the wake of a no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan and ruled that the session could not be prorogued until the no-trust move against Prime Minister Imran Khan was settled.

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