ISLAMABAD: The leaders of the Opposition’s two major parties — PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif — Friday lashed out at National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser for not allowing to table the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan in today’s session.
“…the speaker’s role is remembered as [traitorous]. The speaker failed to allow me to talk,” Leader of the Opposition within the National Assembly Shahbaz — flanked by Opposition parties’ leaders — told journalists outside the Parliament House.
The opposition leaders were speaking after a vital National Assembly session to deliberate on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan was adjourned by the chair.
The NA will meet on Monday, March 28 at 4:00 pm.
The NA speaker, who chaired the session, wrapped it up presently after it started with the recitation of the Holy Quran.
“Since this can be the tradition of this house, that whenever a good member [of the assembly] passes away, the [NA] session is adjourned till the following [working] day in their honor,” Qaiser said.
Meanwhile, speech the journalists, the PML-N president said the speaker had committed a violation of the Constitution and therefore the parliament’s tradition — similar to any member of the ruling PTI.
“….the last date of convening a session to deliberate on the no-confidence motion was March 22 because the requisition was submitted on March 8,” the Opposition leader said.
Shahbaz said because the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s session was scheduled from March 22-23, the speaker could have called the session before the OIC moot.
“Since he failed to call the session during the stipulated time, and supported PM Imran Khan, he has violated the Constitution and maybe tried under Article 6 (which deals with treason),” Shahbaz said.
Shahbaz mentioned that despite a convention being there of adjourning the session following fateha for a deceased member, it should are avoided today because the no-confidence motion may be a “crucial” matter.
“Pakistan is standstill, the whole nation is looking towards us […] the whole economy is in tatters. The speaker should have allowed voting on the no-confidence motion,” he said.
Shahbaz added that the state will always remember Qaiser as someone who violated the Constitution. “We warn the speaker if he makes a move against the Constitution on March 28, then we’ll use all legal and political tactics.”
Qaiser has become the “stooge” of PM Imran Khan rather than remaining the speaker.
Next PM to be ‘elected’
For his part, the PPP chairman said PM Imran Khan was trying to delay the session, but he couldn’t be intimate for long. “The captain has left the bottom — like always.”
Bilawal said the govt. was trying to use all tactics at its disposal to avoid voting on the no-confidence motion. He vowed that the Opposition was united and it might not go into reverse.
“…the prime minister has lost the house’s majority. Our incumbent prime minister will soon become the ex-prime minister,” the PPP chairman said.
In response to a matter, the PPP chairman said the subsequent prime minister would be “elected”. At this, Shahbaz said that Bilawal doesn’t believe in the “selection” of prime ministers.
Opposition not going anywhere: Mehmood
Meanwhile, JUI-F’s Maulana Asad Mehmood said the speaker, despite being the custodian of the house, spoke just like the prime minister’s “servant”.
“The constitution, laws, and regulations were violated within the parliament today […] the speaker has given practical proof of partiality,” Mehmood, who is that the son of PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, said.
He regretted that after the incident at Sindh House — where innumerable PTI workers stormed the lodges to throw out dissident PTI MPs “seeking refuge” at the Sindh House — the speaker didn’t contact anyone.
But we aren’t going anywhere and can show our strength inside and out of doors the parliament.