Pakistan Crisis Live Update: Shahbaz House says today the opposition will take a legitimate and constitutional process to oust the “elected” Prime Minister
Pakistan Crisis: The PTI government made every effort to avoid a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan. Meanwhile, the historic session of the National Assembly began at 10:30 am on Saturday to decide on Imran’s future. Shortly afterwards, President Assad decided to adjourn the session for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
At the beginning of the session, the Speaker allowed the Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif to begin his speech. But as soon as he started his speech, many of the 151 PTI MNAs present at the house started chanting slogans.
Shahbaz asked the Speaker to conduct the session as per the directions of the Supreme Court. He further added that today the opposition will take a legitimate and constitutional process to oust the ‘elected’ Prime Minister.
In it, the speaker rejected a comment and said the “foreign conspiracy” against the PTI government should be discussed in the House.
Shahbaz’s warning to the speaker
Continuing his remarks, Shahbaz said April 6 was “the most important day” in Pakistan’s history. On this day, the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared the action of NA Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Prime Minister as ‘unconstitutional’ and declared it illegal. He said the whole country was grateful to the Supreme Court.
He urged the NA president to take action as directed by the SC. He warned that raising another agenda, including foreign conspiracies, would violate the constitution (Speaker Asad Kaiser).
Speaking during the session, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi acknowledged that according to the constitution, it is the right of the opposition to table a no-confidence motion, while it is the government’s responsibility to defend it.
Referring to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s April 8 address to the nation, he said it was the responsibility of all Pakistanis to respect the constitution. “As the Prime Minister has said, although we are disappointed with the decision of the Supreme Court, we are abiding by the decision,” he said.
The session was adjourned till noon
Opposition groups called for a boycott of the by-elections. After the commotion, the Speaker decided to adjourn the sitting till 12:30 pm.
In response to the adjournment of the session, Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, president of the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), questioned the reasons behind it.