Vote of no-confidence against NA deputy speaker to be held today

A session of the National Assembly related to the no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri has been scheduled to take place today at 12 p.m.

According to a notification issued by the National Assembly Secretariat, the voting on the no-confidence motion against the deputy speaker will take place today, while the election and oath-taking ceremony of the new speaker will also be held on the same day.

On Wednesday, in a bid to delay the election of the speaker, Suri had used his special powers under the rules and had changed the date of the NA session from April 16 to April 22, Dawn News had reported.

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According to the official handout issued by the NA Secretariat: “The National Assembly session, which was scheduled to be held at 4 p.m. on April 16, will now be held at 3 p.m. on April 22. The change in the schedule has been made by the acting speaker under rule 49(2) of the Rules and Procedure for the Conduct of the Business in the National Assembly 2007.”

The seat for the NA speaker fell vacant following the resignation of Asad Qaiser, who decide to step down from his post on April 9, minutes before the Supreme Court’s deadline for the viting of the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan.

On the other hand, PPP leader and former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s nomination papers for the NA speaker’s slot have been submitted as he seeks to assumes the office.

Since no other NA members have submitted their nomination papers and the deadline has ended, NA Secretariat sources said the PPP leader has a high chance of getting elected to the office.

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