Shehbaz demands ‘foolproof security’ for opp on April 3


Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif has demanded the provision of foolproof security on April 3, the day of the no-trust vote against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The PML-N chief, in a letter to the interior secretary, stated that PM Imran had announced that 100,000 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf supporters would arrive in the federal capital on the day of the vote, therefore opposition members should be provided with enhanced security.

The letter further said that the district administration and the police should “perform their duties in accordance with the Constitution and the law” to ensure the security of the opposition lawmakers.

Shehbaz also demanded foolproof security on the day of the election of the new prime minister.

A copy of the letter has been sent to commissioner Islamabad, deputy commissioner and inspector general.

Elections for a new premier

The joint opposition on Thursday demanded that the election of a new prime minister must be added to the agenda of the National Assembly session.

Read Timeline: No-trust move against Prime Minister Imran Khan

An application was submitted to the NA on behalf of Shehbaz Sharif, which read that a supplementary agenda should be issued to include the matter of electing a new premier in case the no-confidence motion was passed in the ongoing session.

No-confidence vote

The voting on the opposition’s no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan will take place on April 3 after the opposition, irked by the adjournment of the National Assembly session earlier in the day within minutes after commencing, accused the premier of trying to escape the resolution.

“On coming Sunday, it will be decided in which direction this country will go,” the premier said during a live address to the nation on Thursday.

Earlier, NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri adjourned the proceedings after seeing the strength of the opposition parties’ lawmakers, who repeatedly asked him to hold voting on the motion instead of proceeding ahead with Q&A session.

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