NA Deputy Speaker rejects no-trust move against PM Imran Khan

Terms joint opposition’s motion unconstitutional under Article 5: Says it's against our national integrity and sovereignty

By: News Desk
Published: 12:33 PM, 3 Apr, 2022
NA Deputy Speaker rejects no-trust move against PM Imran Khan
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National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri has rejected the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan submitted by the joint opposition declaring it against Article 5 of the Constitution of Pakistan, under which loyalty to the State was the basic duty of every citizen, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In his ruling, Qasim Suri said the no-trust motion moved by the joint opposition was not in line with the Constitution, laws and rules.

Reading out from a written speech, the deputy speaker said that no foreign country has the right to topple an elected government under a conspiracy. 

“So I give the ruling that no-confidence resolution is against the national integrity and sovereignty and I give the ruling to dismiss and disallow the no-confidence resolution as per rules and law,” the deputy speaker said and adjourned the session indefinitely.

Earlier, Law Minister Fawad Chaudhry while taking assembly floor during question answer session requested the deputy speaker to determine the constitutionality of the no-confidence motion. 

The minister too was reading out from a written speech. He said that the no-trust resolution was submitted under Article 95 of the Constitution. Generally, it’s a democratic right and this right should be granted. But, he added, there was another article in our Constitution which is Article 5 (1) which states: “Loyalty to the State is a basic duty of every citizen”. 

But here in our country what happene, Fawad said adding that on March 7, our envoy was invited to a meeting attended by envoys of other countries. In this meeting our envoy was told that no-trust motion was being brought against our prime minister. He said nobody knew in Pakistan about the opposition’s no-confidence motion against PM Khan as the motion was to be submitted on March 8 but a foreign country knew about it beforehand. 

He said our envoy was told in the meeting that the host country’s relation would be based on the success of this motion. “We were told that if the motion fails, then Pakistan's path would be very difficult. This is an operation for a regime change by a foreign government," Fawad alleged. 

Then the law minister called upon the deputy speaker to decide about the constitutionality of the no-trust motion.

Endorsing his viewpoint, the chair of the house dismissed the opposition’s no-confidence motion under Article 5 of the Constitution. 

Soon after the shock dismissal of the motion, the Opposition members surrounded the speaker’s dais and raised slogans against the government.

Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri was presiding over the assembly session today because the Opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against NA Speaker Asad Qaiser just hours before the voting on the motion was to take place.

"Unfortunately, this is an effective operation for regime change by a foreign government," Qasim Suri said in his ruling.

Details to follow…..