In an unexpected turn of events, following the surprise dismissal of the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly session, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that the president has been suggested to dissolve the assemblies and move towards early elections.
In his speech in his address, the prime minister felicitated the nation for the abolition of the no-confidence vote, noting it was driven by a foreign-funded plot and that the speaker had stopped the “attempt to change the regime as well as the foreign-funded conspiracy”.
The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry posted on his official Twitter account to announce that Prime Minister Imran has sent an official request for the president to dissolve the National Assembly under Article 58 of the Constitution.
Prime Minsiter Imran’s remarks came shortly following National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri rejected the motion of no confidence that was filed by the opposition joint committee to derail the PM’s decision to call it “unconstitutional” in accordance with Article 5.
The speaker also stated that in Article 5 “loyalty toward the government is an essential requirement for every citizen, and the observance of the law and the Constitution is an inviolable obligation for each citizen, regardless of where he be, and of every individual for the moment in Pakistan.”
The decision read by Suri provoked strong protests by the opposition benches who gathered around the desks of the speaker in order to record their protest.
Suri stated that the resolution was not able to be approved because it was believed to be backed by a foreign state and was in violation of Article 5. Suri as the chairman of the session in absence of Asad Qaiser and also suspended the session indefinitely.