The rejection of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan was ‘unconstitutional’, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled today. The court said the National Assembly was reconstituted and the president had been ordered to call a session. The vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Imran Khan will now take place on Saturday.
If he loses, he will be the first to be eliminated by a vote of no confidence. Two other Prime Ministers against whom a motion of no confidence was called, had resigned before the vote.
On Sunday, the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan’s government was rejected by Vice President Qasim Suri, who called it contrary to the Constitution and rules of Pakistan.
Minutes later, Mr. Khan had called for new elections and advised the President to dissolve the Assembly. The new election took place within 90 days.
Describing this decision as “unconstitutional”, the opposition parties had challenged the President’s decision before the Supreme Court.
Under Article 58 of the Pakistani Constitution, the National Assembly cannot be dissolved in the event of a vote of no confidence in the government.
But in an exclusive interview with NDTV, Pakistani minister Fawad Chaudhry, known to be Imran Khan’s right-hand man, said the motion of no confidence was defeated before the prime minister proposed the dissolution of the assembly to the president. and announces elections.
Mr Khan, he added, “was within his rights to advise the President for the dissolution (of the assembly)”.
Mr Khan’s Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf party effectively lost a majority in the 342-member assembly last week when a key coalition partner said its seven lawmakers would vote with the opposition. More than a dozen ruling party lawmakers have also indicated they will cross the floor.