Pakistan President dissolves Assembly as opposition parties protest; Imran Khan de-notified as PM

According to media reports, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has been denotified as the prime minister of Pakistan.

The move comes after the no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan was dismissed by the deputy speaker in the National Assembly.
The move comes after the no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan was dismissed by the deputy speaker in the National Assembly. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@ians_india

A statement was issued in this regard from the country's Cabinet Division after the dissolution of the National Assembly, Geo News reported.

The denotification comes after the deputy speaker of the National Assembly (NA) Qasim Suri dismissed the no-confidence motion against the PTI chairman and termed it "unconstitutional".

Pakistan Opposition parties staged a sit-in protest in the Assembly chamber and elected their own Speaker.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), said that the opposition will "initiate a legal battle" against the "unconstitutional ruling by the NA Deputy Speaker".

Pakistan will probably stage elections within three months after the country’s president Arif Alvi yesterday dissolved the national assembly and the provincial assemblies on the advice of prime minister Imran Khan.

Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry tweeted that the federal cabinet has been dissolved and Imran Khan will continue his duties as per the country’s Constitution.

As per this clause, on dissolution of the Assembly on completion of the term or if President dissolves it in his discretion that electorate is necessary (Article 58), a caretaker cabinet shall be appointed under a care-taker prime minister. The care-taker PM shall be appointed by the President in consultation with the incumbent PM and the leader of opposition in the outgoing assembly.

The move comes after the no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan was dismissed by the deputy speaker in the National Assembly. The Punjab Assembly also met for six minutes and has been adjourned till April 6. The Pakistan Army has denied role in the events that unfolded in the national assembly. 

The opposition has called the rejection of no-confidence motion unconstitutional and declared it would move to the Supreme Court.

“It is nothing short of high treason. IK has pushed the country into anarchy. Niazi & his cohort will not be allowed to go scot-free. There will be consequences for blatant & brazen violation of the Constitution. Hope SC will play it's role to uphold the Constitution,” Shehbaz Sharif, the leader of opposition in National Assembly, tweeted.

“Government has violated the Constitution, didn't allow voting on the no-confidence motion. The united opposition is not leaving parliament. Our lawyers are on their way to Supreme Court,” Pakistan People's Party chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said in a video message.

Soon after the no-confidence motion was rejected, the Prime Minister in his address to the nation not only called the people to prepare for elections but reiterated that the foreign conspiracy to topple his government had failed.

"The no-confidence motion was a foreign conspiracy against us. The nation should decide who should govern them... not the corrupt people who conspire with foreign powers... Prepare for elections. You will decide," Khan said.

In the history of Pakistan's politics, no prime minister has completed a full-term.

Khan, who came to power in 2018 with promises to create a Naya Pakistan’, is at a critical juncture of his political career as he has lost majority after defection from his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Two of his allied parties also withdrew their support and joined the ranks of the rejuvenated Opposition.

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