Pakistani opposition leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif has slammed Imran Khan for trying to evade and sabotage the no-confidence motion against him today. The National Assembly of Pakistan which met this morning has not yet tabled a motion.
“A person who is no longer sane can no longer be allowed to wreak havoc and bring down the whole country. This is no joke. He should not be treated as Prime Minister or former Prime Minister, he must to be treated like a psychopath who just to save his own skin is holding the whole country hostage. It’s shameful,” tweeted Ms. Sharif of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz or PML-N.
“A maniac’s fear of having to face the music has brought the whole country to a screeching halt and a complete halt. The 22 crore country has been without a government for weeks now. This flagrant violation of the constitution and the contempt of SC (Supreme Court) orders will be ugly and end badly,” she also posted on her official Facebook page.
A delegation of Pakistani opposition leaders met National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser in his chamber this afternoon and demanded an immediate vote on the no-confidence motion that could seal the fate of the embattled Mr Khan, after the adjournment of the session until 12:30 p.m. local on rowdiness in parliament.
The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif, took the floor on a point of order and delivered a short speech reminding the President that he was bound to move forward in accordance with the Order of the Supreme Court, which ruled that the vice president’s earlier decision to reject the motion of no confidence was “unconstitutional” and ordered a new vote of no confidence.
During his speech, lawmakers from Mr Khan’s Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf kept interrupting him by constantly talking and calling him a “beggar” – a tacit reference to his recent statement in which he declared that “beggars cannot choose”.
Opposition parties need 172 members in the 342-member house to orchestrate Mr Khan’s downfall. They have more than enough support with help from some allies in the ruling coalition and rebels from the 69-year-old cricketer-turned-politician’s Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf party.