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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly early hours of Sunday voted to show no trust on Prime Minister Imran Khan with majority vote, removing him from office.

The National Assembly Hall resounded with political sloganeering as the workers and lawmakers of PML-N, JUI-F, PPP and other parties which delayed the announcement of the result of no trust vote.

As many as 174 lawmakers out of 342 members including the joint opposition voted against Imran Khan who became the first-ever sitting premier to be ousted as Leader of the House. Those who voted included lawmakers from PML-N, PPP, JUI-F, BAP, MQM, PML-Q and others. PTI dissidents did not vote.

(L to R) PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif addressing on the floor of the National Assembly in Islamabad, on April 10, 2022.

The lawmakers of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) boycotted the session, leaving behind state minister for parliamentary affairs, Ali Mohammad Khan, to observe the voting.

The National Assembly secretariat issued an agenda according to which the House would elect new leader of the House on Monday while the papers would be accepted today.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman shaking hand with NA members.

Minutes before voting started, Prime Minister Imran Khan left Prime Minister’s Office and left for his home in Banigala after meeting his staff and Cabinet members.  Principal Secretary to PM Azam Khan has been transferred and directed to report to the Establishment Division.

Priorly, Imtran Khan remain defiant all the day and took several moves that created a situation of uncertainty.

View of National Assembly

Throughout the day, Khan kept taking various moves, sending signals of defiance to the all and sundry. However, the resignation of Speaker NA in last moments finally broke the stalemate and brought an end to the uncertainty.

After the vote, Shehbaz Sharif, the candidate for the slot of Leader of the House of the new ruling coalition, expressed gratitude to his allies.

He said it was dawn of a new era which was due to the struggle of the nation. He lauded the efforts of the leaders of the united opposition including Asif Zardari, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Bilawal Zardari and others.

Petition filed to put Imran Khan’s name in ECL

A petition was filed with Islamabad High Court to put the names of Imran Khan and his cabinet members in the Exit Control List (ECL) for putting the country’s interest into jeopardy. Other names included former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry, Sheikh Rasheed and others. The petitioner also requested the court to also put the name of Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan in the ECL.

Speaker, deputy resign

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who was member of panel of chairmen, chairing the session and carrying forward the process of no confidence vote

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar, chairing the session late night at around 11:52pm, said that he was under oath and could not compromise on national interest and hence had decided to tender resignation from his office.

He said that the Prime Minister’s office had shared with him documents about the US threats and he had decided to step down. He said that he had been with Prime Minister Imran Khan since past 26 years and he would stand by his party. He said it was the question of honour and sovereignty of the nation and he had decided to step down.

Later, he asked Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who was member of panel of chairmen, to chair the session and carry forward the process of no confidence vote. Ayaz Sadiq took the chair and lauded the services of the Speaker Asad Qaisar and started voting process.

Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan also resigned from his office.

SC, IHC open late night      

Sources told media that Supreme Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial ordered staff to open the court premises at 1200 hours on Sunday to review the implementation status of the court verdict over the no trust vote. Later, Justice Bandial himself arrived at the court to hold proceedings at 1200 hours.

Moreover, Islamabad High Court also reportedly was opened to entertain a petition to stop Prime Minister Khan from sacking Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

NA session adjourned four times

Speaker Asad Qaiser has adjourned the crucial National Assembly session, which commenced at 10.30pm on Friday morning, till 9:30pm for the fourth time. The all-important session of the lower house of parliament was summoned on Supreme Court’s directives to hold voting on no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The joint opposition has lodged an official complaint with the NA speaker, urging him not to further delay the voting on no-confidence motion against the prime minister. They said all authorities concerned including him were guilty of “gross contempt and liable to punishment in accordance with law”.

History full of constitutional violations

Taking the floor after the opposition leader, Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan has accepted the decision of the Supreme Court but was ‘disappointed’.

Letter to Speaker NA-1
Letter to Speaker NA-2

Qureshi admitted that the no-trust motion was constitutional but argued that it was as much the opposition’s right to present the motion as the treasury benches’ right to defend it.

“I want to say from my party that the opposition has a right to present the no-trust motion and it is my right to contest it. We should debate this constitutionally.”

Disappointed but accept the decision, Qureshi quoted PM Imran as saying during his speech last night, adding the speaker was proceeding ahead with the SC order.

The foreign minister recalled that the Constitution was violated on October 12, 1999, saying that history is a witness that a prayer that was not even sought was granted and even the Constitution was allowed to be amended.