Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri has rejected a no-confidence motion against Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in Parliament. He termed it as contrary to Article 5 of the Constitution. This has created chaos in the parliament.
The Speaker dismissed the motion of no-confidence immediately after the commencement of the session at 12:30 pm local time on Sunday. This information has been informed in a report of the country’s media Dawn.
Meanwhile, before the no-confidence vote, Imran Khan called on the youth to take to the streets to protest and confront foreign conspiracies. In this situation, the district administration has issued section 144 across the capital.
NDTV reports that Imran’s party lost a majority in parliament after a key ally in the coalition government joined the opposition. Opposition needed 16 votes to pass the no-confidence motion. They have the support of 199 lawmakers, according to a Geo News report.
No prime minister in the history of Pakistan has been able to complete their five-year term. Political instability or military coups have forced him to step down. Incumbent Prime Minister Imran Khan is also struggling to hold office three and a half years after coming to power.
Before the session, Imran Khan took part in a live question-and-answer session on television, urging the youth to take to the field against foreign powers. In a televised speech, he said he had multiple plans for Sunday’s crucial vote and would surprise the entire nation. At the same time, he announced that he would be present in Parliament during the debate on the no-confidence motion.
Meanwhile, the country’s security forces closed all entrances to the administration’s road zone in the capital, fearing that Imran Khan’s supporters could enter the red zone and block the parliament building. To avoid an unpleasant situation, the district administration issued section 144 in the capital Islamabad. The red zone is sealed with containers and barbed wire. The local administration prohibits all gatherings within and within one kilometer of the Red Zone.
The Islamabad District Magistrate in a notice banned all gatherings, processions and demonstrations of more than five people in the Red Zone area.