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Pakistan Assembly Speaker refuses to allow vote of no confidence in Imran Khan as session adjourned for fourth time today

Khan has summoned his cabinet as the opposition pressures the president to hold the vote as soon as possible, saying failure to do so would amount to “contempt of court”.

Archive image of Imran Khan. PA

Pakistan’s National Assembly session adjourned for the fourth time today after President Asad Qaiser refused to vote on the vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan, local media reported.

According to Geo NewsQaiser said he had a 30-year relationship with Imran Khan and could not end it, even if it meant facing contempt of court.

‘Violation of SC order’, says opposition

The opposition, which is growing frustrated with the delays, has accused the president of colluding with Khan to delay the no-confidence motion.

PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said Khan’s decision to convene his cabinet shows there is “clearly no intention to vote” on the confidence motion today.

PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif urged the Supreme Court to take cognizance suo moto of the “brazen violation of the court order” by Khan and the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.

Meanwhile, Khan summoned his cabinet to his residence after his government filed a petition for review against the Supreme Court’s verdict which ordered today’s vote of no confidence.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly rejecting a no-confidence motion against Khan on April 3.

What has happened so far

The Assembly convened on April 9 to vote on the no-confidence motion against Khan, as directed by the Supreme Court. The Prime Minister has not yet attended the meeting.

A joint opposition that spans the political spectrum from left to radically religious has said it has the 172 votes needed in Pakistan’s 342-seat parliament to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan.

However, voting continued to be delayed due to namaaz and iftar.

With contributions from agencies

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