ISLAMABAD:The Deputy Speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly, on April 3, rejected the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, calling it against the constitution of Pakistan.
Opposition lawmakers, who earlier appeared confident of the success of the no-trust move as they made their way to Parliament House, protested against the decision.
The Opposition parties need 172 members of the 342-member National Assembly to defeat Mr. Khan and till now they have claimed the support of 177 members.
The combined Opposition filed the no-confidence motion on March 8, setting a set of events leading to the day of voting and rise in the tension due to Mr. Khan’s insistence that he was being targeted as part of the “foreign conspiracy” with the collaboration of top Opposition leaders.
Section 144 imposed in Islamabad
To avert any untoward incident on the decisive day, the district administration had imposed Section 144 and completely banned pillion riding in the Pakistani capital on Sunday.
As per a notification issued by Islamabad’s district magistrate prohibits ‘all kinds of gatherings of 5 or more people, processions/rallies and demonstrations inside the Red Zone.
Imran Khan advises to dissolve National Assembly
In a surprise move, Pakistan’s embattled Prime Minister Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that he has advised President Arif Alvi to dissolve the National Assembly and call for fresh elections.
In a brief address to the nation, Mr. Khan said he has advised President Alvi to dissolve assemblies.
His announcement came minutes after National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Sur dismissed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Khan, terming it a contradiction of Article 5 of the Constitution. — PTI