Opp calls for electing new premier during today’s NA session


The joint opposition demanded on Thursday that the election of a new prime minister must be included in the agenda of the National Assembly session scheduled to be held today.

The petition was submitted to the NA Secretariat by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Naveed Qamar, and Shazia Marri on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif.

The petition stated that a supplementary agenda should be issued to include the matter of electing a new premier in case the no-trust motion was passed in today’s session.

“We request that the election of a new prime minister be included in the agenda by issuing a supplementary agenda if the no-confidence motion succeeds,” said NA member Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

‘Opp to not grant Imran NRO’

In a meeting of the joint opposition held at PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif’s residence, the opposition reiterated its decision to bring the no-confidence motion to a logical conclusion in accordance with the “stipulated time frame through the law and through a parliamentary democratic process”.

It emphasised that it would not grant the National Reconciliation Ordinance – which gives amnesty to politicians accused of corruption – to Imran Khan.

Referring to rumours of PM Imran suggesting to offer some opposition lawmakers an NRO, the opposition maintained that it would not be swayed by misleading news from the media with regard to the NRO.

Read Govt leads opp by two votes in no-confidence number game

The lawmakers observed that they would establish new democratic and constitutional traditions in the country and “abandon the undemocratic attitudes of the past forever”.

The meeting, attended by 172 members of the National Assembly from the joint opposition and its supporting parties including MNAs of the ruling government, expressed satisfaction over the availability of more than the required number of members of the National Assembly for the success of the no-confidence motion.

No-trust tabled in NA

After much ado, the no-confidence motion was finally tabled earlier this week, on March 28, in the National Assembly against Prime Minister Imran Khan by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif.

Before the tabling of the motion, the NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, who was presiding over the session, asked the lawmakers in favour of the motion to rise so that the count could be made. Within minutes, the deputy speaker announced that a total of 161 members of the opposition parties were present in the assembly and thus, the leave for presenting the motion against the prime minister was granted.

“This House is of the view that the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has lost the confidence of the majority of the members of the National Assembly of Pakistan, therefore he should cease to hold office,” Shehbaz read.

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