Opposition calls out NA speaker for trampling the law

ISLAMABAD: Two of the three Opposition bigwigs, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari censured National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser for not letting them table no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“[Asad Qaiser] once again trampled the law and Parliament’s tradition under his feet just like any member of the ruling PTI, not as the speaker of the National Assembly,” Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif, flanked by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other Opposition parties’ leaders, said while addressing a press conference after Friday’s brief session.

He said that NA Speaker Asad Qaiser along with “Imran Niazi” committed the offence under Article 6 of the Constitution.

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“The speaker’s role will be remembered as [traitorous]. The speaker did not open my mic and allow me to speak,” Shehbaz complained.

The crucial NA session to deliberate over the no-confidence motion against the prime minister was adjourned as expected till Monday, March 28.

The NA speaker, who chaired the session, wrapped it up almost immediately after it started the recitation of the Holy Quran.

Shehbaz went on to say that the last date of calling a session to deliberate on the no-confidence motion was on March 22 as the requisition was submitted on March 8.

As the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s session was scheduled from March 22-23, the speaker could have called the session before the OIC moot, he argued.

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“Since he did not call the session on the sanctioned time, and supported PM Imran Khan, he has violated Article 6 (which deals with treason),” Shehbaz said.

The Opposition leader said that the tradition of adjourning the first NA session held after the demise of an MNA could have been avoided today after recruiting Fateha for the deceased MNA as the no-confidence motion is a “crucial” matter.

“Pakistan is at a standstill, the entire nation is looking forward towards us […] the entire economy is in tatters. The speaker should have allowed voting on the no-confidence motion,” he said.

Shehbaz added that the nation will always remember Qaiser as a person who violated the Constitiution.

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