On Sunday, Pakistan’s ailing Prime Minister Imran Khan struck back by receiving presidential approval for the dissolution of Parliament, a move denounced by the Opposition as “unconstitutional“. The latter has filed a petition with the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling.
Following the dismissal of the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly, the Pakistan Supreme Court held a Suo-Moto hearing on the subject later on Sunday, prohibiting all state institutions from pursuing any “extra-constitutional” actions. The case was tried by a three-judge panel led by Pakistan’s Chief Justice, Justice Umar Ata Bandia
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In the current political situation, Chief Justice Bandial stated that public order must be maintained, that no state functionary may take any “extra-constitutional” actions, and that all orders and actions taken by the Prime Minister and President regarding the dissolution of the National Assembly will be subject to the court’s order. The hearing has been rescheduled for Monday by the Supreme Court.
Earlier, Deputy Speaker Suri dismissed the Opposition’s vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Khan, calling it a violation of Pakistan’s Constitution and laws. “The vote of no confidence should be conducted in accordance with the country’s Constitution and laws.” “I reject the no-confidence motion since it is not as spelled out by the Law Minister,” Mr. Suri ruled, despite a barrage of protests from Opposition members. After opposition parties submitted a motion of no confidence in Speaker Asad Qaiser, Mr. Suri presided over the key meeting.
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The startled Opposition called the whole thing unlawful, and its legislators refused to leave the Parliament House, which was guarded by security officials.
Mr. Khan was generally expected to lose a no-confidence vote in the National Assembly, which was brought forward by a coalition of Opposition MPs, including more than a dozen defectors from his own party.
Mr. Khan, who had virtually lost his majority in the 342-member National Assembly, delivered a brief address to the nation, announcing that he had proposed the House be dissolved and new elections held. He congratulated the country on the defeat of the no-trust motion, stating that the Deputy Speaker had “rejected the attempt to change the regime [and] the foreign plot.”
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President Alvi has been advised by Mr. Khan to dissolve the National Assembly, according to Mr. Khan. General elections in Pakistan will be held in 90 days, according to Pakistani media. “Consider election preparations. The country’s future will not be decided by crooked forces. The procedure for the next elections and the caretaker administration will begin once the assemblies are dissolved, Mr. Khan stated.
Following the Prime Minister’s advice, President Arif Alvi’s office announced that the National Assembly has been dissolved. The federal cabinet has also been abolished, according to a close aide of Mr. Khan and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry. Mr. Khan, on the other hand, will continue to serve as Prime Minister-in-waiting.
Shehbaz Sharif, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, said, “We are going to contest the Deputy Speaker’s verdict and the Prime Minister’s advice to dissolve parliament in the Supreme Court.”
Mr. Khan, along with everyone else involved in the “plot” against the country, is guilty of high treason and should be tried for desecrating the Constitution, according to former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
“Imran Khan’s actions are illegal.” We’re talking to our attorneys about it. The Speaker’s actions have also been undemocratic. Through this action, Imran Khan has exposed himself. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party, remarked, “He is fleeing against the no-trust resolution, seeing defeat.”
“We demand that all institutions safeguard, defend, and enforce Pakistan’s constitution.” he later tweeted
The powerful army of Pakistan has stated that it has “absolutely nothing” to do with the country’s current political crisis. Following the President’s rejection of a no-confidence resolution and subsequent dismissal of the National Assembly, military spokesman Maj. Gen. Babar Iftikhar made the remarks.
“What transpired in the National Assembly today has absolutely nothing to do with the army,” Maj. Gen. Iftikhar stated.
The Pakistan Army, which has ruled the coup-prone country for more than half of its 73-year history, has long exercised significant clout in security and foreign policy concerns. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan’s army head, met Prime Minister Khan at least twice last week. Following the day’s spectacular turn of events, Chief Justice Bandial came to the apex court, which was unusually opened on a Sunday. According to the apex court’s spokeswoman, the top judge has taken suo-moto note of the current situation in the country.
The Joint Opposition has prepared a petition to overturn Deputy Speaker Suri’s decision.
The “Entire Procure by the Deputy speaker and the instruction by the premier to dissolve the legislature was unlawful,” according to leading constitutional lawyer Salman Akram Raja.
He stated that the entire dispute would be decided by the Supreme Court. The suggestion would be unconstitutional since the prime minister cannot give advice to the parliament after a no-confidence resolution, according to Raja. The acts of the prime minister and deputy speaker, according to Supreme Court Bar President Ahsan Bhoon, were against the Constitution, and “they should be tried for treason under Article 6 of the Constitution.” He requested that the chief justice take suo moto action against the blatant violation.
On March 8, the joint opposition submitted a motion of no confidence in Khan, accusing him of mismanaging the economy. Khan has denied the allegations and claims that he is being targeted by an “international conspiracy” with the help of prominent Opposition leaders.
Khan has been fighting depleted foreign exchange reserves and double-digit inflation for months.
After the National Assembly deputy speaker stopped their bill, Khan told PTI leaders that the opposition parties appeared ‘taken back’. I want to remind you, that I urged you not to panic yesterday evening,” he stated. “The Opposition is still wondering what happened to them.” Khan was elected in 2018 on the pledge of establishing a ‘Naya Pakistan.’ In 2023, his government was anticipated to end its 5-year tenure.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Khan fired Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar on Sunday, delaying the election of a new provincial chief minister.