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No confidence motion tabled against Imran Khan, National Assembly debate on March 31

Islamabad: The political battle in Pakistan turned intense as Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif on Monday tabled a no-confidence resolution against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly, media reports said.

As the much-anticipated session – which had the no-confidence resolution on its 26-point agenda – began after a two-day recess, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri presided over it, reports Pakistan’s Dawn News.

During the session, Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif requested the chair for permission to present the no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan. “I will request that you (Suri) give permission to present this item in the house … as the resolution was already on the agenda,” he said, addressing the Deputy Speaker as quoted by Dawn News.

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Subsequently, voting was held to ascertain if the resolution should be tabled. According to National Assembly rules, votes of at least 20 percent of the total Members of National Assembly (MNA) in the house – which means 68 members – are required to have the no-confidence resolution accepted for voting against the Prime Minister.

After the counting of votes, the Deputy Speaker announced that 161 lawmakers had voted in favour of tabling the resolution against Imran Khanand hence, the “permission is granted to present the no-confidence resolution”. He then asked Sharif to present the resolution, at which the Opposition leader rose and read it out.

“Through this resolution, under Clause 1 of Article 95 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, this House resolves that it has no confidence in the Prime Minister, Mr Imran Khan Niazi, and consequently, he shall cease to hold office under Clause 4 ibid,” he said.

Following the tabling of the resolution, the Deputy Speaker announced that debate on the resolution would begin on March 31. “The session is adjourned until 4.00 pm on March 31,” he was quoted as saying by Dawn News.

India Blooms News Service

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