Opposition stages sit-in in National Assembly, moves Supreme Court

Shehbaz terms Imran Khan traitor of Constitution, democracy: Bilawal dubs rejection of no-confidence motion childish, unconstitutional act

By: News Desk
Published: 01:14 PM, 3 Apr, 2022
Opposition stages sit-in in National Assembly, moves Supreme Court
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The opposition Sunday staged a sit-in in the National Assembly against the deputy speaker’s annulment of no-confidence motion and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s suggestion to President Dr Arif Alvi for dissolving the assemblies.

The opposition also moved the Supreme Court against the government’s decision that has created a political crisis in the country. The joint opposition also announced staying in the National Assembly till the ruling of the Supreme Court.

Following the annulment of the no-trust move, members of the opposition surrounded the dais of NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri and shouted slogans against the government for its unconstitutional and undemocratic act.

It is to be noted here that a session of National Assembly had been convened on April 3 (today) for voting on the no-confidence motion against the prime minister.

But, the NA deputy speaker, ruled out the no-confidence motion terming it a foreign-imported conspiracy against the removal of the government.

In its ruling, Qasim Suri said that no foreign power had the authority to change the government in Pakistan, and, the no-trust motion moved by the joint opposition was illegal.

Earlier, Federal Minister for Information and Law Fawad Chaudhary during an address to the Parliament sought ruling of the NA deputy speaker on the no-confidence motion in the light of the Constitution of Pakistan.

Shehbaz terms PTI govt 'unconstitutional gang'

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif Sunday termed Prime Minister Imran Khan a traitor of Constitution and democracy, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

“Imran Niazi and his followers openly violated the Constitution. They are now in the grip of Article 6,” he stated and added that it was proved in the House that Imran Niazi lost.

“There is no government in the country at the moment; it is occupied by an unconstitutional gang,” deplored the opposition leader.

“When Imran Niazi is not the Prime Minister, how can he use constitutional power?” he questioned.

Shehbaz said that Article 5 of the Constitution had been used to annul the no-confidence motion, adding that Article 5 emphasised implementation of the Constitution in all cases.

“The Constitution was attacked to further the unconstitutional personal power. Imran Niazi has pushed the country towards anarchy. Chief Justice of Pakistan can save the country from crisis,” stated Shehbaz.

“It is hoped that the Supreme Court will ensure the supremacy of the Constitution and fulfil its constitutional duty to protect the country from the violation of the Constitution.

It's violation of Constitution: Bilawal

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari termed the cancellation of no-trust move by the NA deputy speaker a childish and unconstitutional act. “The opposition has decided to stage a sit-in in the National Assembly,” he said, adding that the Constitution of Pakistan was violated and the punishment for violating the Constitution was clear.

He also vowed to go to the Supreme Court.

Khaqan Abbasi

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi vowed to move the Supreme Court against the government’s decision, adding that voting on the no-confidence would be carried out.

“Is it a joke that the prime minister with the connivance of president dissolve assemblies. Are countries run like this?” he deplored.

Reporter: Awais Kiyani