The session of the Pak Parliament to decide the fate of Imran Khan resumes after a long break

The crucial session of Pakistan’s parliament to consider a motion of no confidence in defiant Prime Minister Imran Khan resumed on Saturday after a long hiatus, and the vote on the motion is expected to take place in the evening after a discussion of the so-called “foreign conspiracy”. against his government.

According to a landmark Supreme Court order, the National Assembly session began at 10:30 a.m. (11:00 a.m. IST). Spokesman Asad Qaiser chaired the meeting.

National Assembly opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif took the floor, hailing Thursday as a historic day in Pakistan’s history when the Supreme Court overturned the Deputy Speaker’s decision, saying the Supreme Court’s decision would make the country’s future “bright.” ” have made.

He urged Speaker Qaiser to conduct the proceedings according to the court’s guidelines, declaring that Parliament would make history today.

“Today Parliament will constitutionally defeat a ‘prime minister-elect’,” he said.

Shehbaz urged the speaker to put the past to rest and stand up for the law and the constitution, urging him to play his part and have his name “written in golden words in history.”

“You have to take this moment with conviction and with heart and mind. Don’t go by the dictates of the prime minister-elect,” he said.

In response to Shehbaz, the spokesman assured him that he would conduct proceedings in accordance with the law and the constitution.

“(But) the important thing is that there was talk of an international conspiracy. That should also be talked about,” he said, as protests echoed through the hall from the opposition benches.

This prompted Shehbaz to tell Qaiser that he would be breaking the court’s guidelines if he went down this route. He also read the Apex Court’s guidelines regarding the convening of the session.

“Under the instructions of the court, you are obliged to deal with this agenda item and no other item. That is the spirit of the order and you cannot deviate from it,” he said, urging the Speaker of Parliament to vote on the motion immediately.

“The orders of the Supreme Court are being followed in word and spirit,” Qaiser replied, handing the floor to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Qureshi said the opposition has the right to table a motion of no confidence in the prime minister but insisted it was his duty to defend him.

“We intend to fight it in a constitutional, political and democratic way,” assured Khan’s close aide.

Referring to constitutional violations, he said it was “our duty to respect the constitution.”

“As the prime minister said yesterday, he is disappointed but has accepted the court’s decision,” Qureshi said, referring to Khan’s address to the nation on Friday.

Spokesman Qaisar adjourned the session until 12:30 p.m. (1:00 p.m. IST) after a slight disruption between Treasury Banks and the opposition. However, the session resumed after a break of more than three and a half hours.

Foreign Minister Qureshi, who was speaking when the session adjourned, resumed his speech after the break.

Sources told Geo News that the session had been deliberately postponed and PTI ministers would try to make their speeches longer.

Khawaja Saad Rafique of PML-N, speaking at the NA after the adjournment, said the speaker promised the vote would take place after the iftar.

A delegation of opposition leaders met with National Assembly Speaker Qaiser in his chamber and called for an immediate vote on the no-confidence motion that could seal Khan’s fate.

The opposition parties need 172 members in the 342-member house to stage Prime Minister Khan’s ouster. They have received more than the support they need, with the help of some ruling coalition allies and rebels from Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

Pakistan Peoples Party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari told the spokesman that he was violating the constitution and the court’s order.

“You can’t raise anything other than what’s on the agenda. Not only did you do that, but the speaker did too,” he called for the vote on the motion of no confidence.

“If you don’t come to today’s agenda, then you should know that the opposition will not go […] we will strip you of our constitutional rights.”

He said the government had lost its majority in the assembly. “We can debate the foreign conspiracy for 100 days, but do a vote first.”

PPP co-chair and former President Asif Ali Zardari also called for a vote on the motion.

Khan, who faces the possibility of becoming the first prime minister in the country’s history to be ousted in a no-confidence motion, has spoken of a “threatening letter” in recent weeks, claiming he is part of a foreign conspiracy to unseat him as he advocates an independent foreign policy was unacceptable.

In a landmark 5-0 ruling on Thursday, a five-seat chamber of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial ruled that NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri’s decision to reject a motion of no confidence in Khan “contravened the constitution.” .

No Prime Minister of Pakistan has ever served a full five-year term.

Meanwhile, the opposition has completed its first talks to form a new government after Prime Minister Khan’s ouster.

The 70-year-old Shehbaz, the opposition candidate for the post of new prime minister, will announce his possible government priorities after taking the oath. The session of the Pak Parliament to decide the fate of Imran Khan resumes after a long break

Jaclyn Diaz

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