The National Assembly session presided over by Speaker Asad Qaiser, has started with a vote on a no-confidence resolution against Prime Minister Imran Khan, which is one of six items on the agenda for the session.
Rangers and FC officials have been dispatched to Islamabad as the city’s security has been placed on high alert. Officials from the National Assembly stated that voting would take place in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision.
Approximately 50 members of the Treasury Bench are also in attendance for the event.
Shehbaz Sharif, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, took to the floor and asked the speaker to hold the vote in compliance with the Supreme Court’s order.
Mr. Qureshi stated that the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) government was committed to dealing with the no-confidence vote democratically and in accordance with the Pakistani constitution.
According to him, “the opposition has a right to bring forth a no-confidence resolution,” and neither party had ever violated the constitution and had no plans to do so in the future, according to the Constitution.
In his statement, the prime minister stated that he was upset with the Supreme Court’s decision on the dissolution of the parliament, but that he accepted the decision.
The Supreme Court ruled on April 7 that the deputy speaker’s decision was in contradiction with the constitution and ordered the restoration of the National Assembly, which was previously dissolved.
Moreover, the court ruled that the speaker of the National Assembly could not adjourn the session without first voting on a no-confidence motion, effectively nullifying all of Imran Khan’s and President Arif Alvi’s actions.
The court had ordered that the legislature’s session be called on Saturday (April 9) for the purpose of voting on a vote of no confidence. It had also directed that no obstructions be placed in the way of the voting process.