National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri resigned from his position on Saturday ahead of a vote on a no-trust motion filed against him by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Qasim Suri, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, has submitted his resignation to the Secretariat of the National Assembly.
His resignation comes after the lower house of parliament was due to meet today at 12:00 am, with a vote on a no-confidence resolution against Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri on the agenda.
According to the National Assembly Secretariat’s agenda, to vote on a no-confidence resolution against the deputy speaker today while the election and oath-taking ceremony for the new speaker of the lower house will also take place on the same day.
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was elected unopposed because he was the only candidate who filed candidacy papers for the top assembly position.
Khursheed Shah and Naveed Qamar, both PPP leaders, had signed nomination papers as proposer and seconder, respectively.
The seat became vacant after Asad Qaiser, the Speaker of the National Assembly, resigned minutes before the vote on a no-confidence resolution against former Prime Minister Imran Khan was scheduled.
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It is important to note that the National Assembly session, which was originally planned to take place on Saturday, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 22. According to the norms of the National Assembly, the schedule was amended by the then-acting speaker, Qasim Suri.
A notification from the National Assembly’s secretariat stated that “the adjustment in the schedule has been made by the acting speaker in accordance with Rule 49(2) of the Rules and Procedure for the Conduct of the Business in the National Assembly 2007.”
A petition against Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri’s decision to postpone the proceedings of the National Assembly until April 22 was rejected by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday. The IHC refused to intervene in the proceedings of the National Assembly.