Asad Qaiser, the former speaker of the National Assembly (NA), resigned and urged PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq to take the chair so that a vote on the no-confidence resolution could be held.
NA Speaker Asad Qaiser took his seat and presided over the session just hours before the Supreme Court’s deadline for a vote of no-confidence motion was set to expire.
While addressing the legislature, Qaiser stated, “I am bound by the Constitution, and the most important demand of the oath is to safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan.”
The former speaker claimed that the Cabinet had shared the alleged “threat letter” with him, and he asked members of Parliament to defend the country’s independence.
In his resignation speech, Qaiser stated, “I am unable to continue in the position of speaker.” He also stated that he recognizes the Supreme Court’s ruling on the matter and that he has requested former Speaker Ayaz Sadiq to preside over the session.
In response to the no-confidence motion, Qaiser requested that Ayaz Sadiq attend and complete the legal proceedings.