National Assembly session adjourned for Monday without tabling vote of no-confidence

The National Assembly will likely to take up the no-confidence motion of the opposition against Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday

As expected, the speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser adjourned the much-anticipated session of the house without tabling the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan filed by the Opposition. The session adjourned till Monday March 28.

The session started with the recitation of the Holy Quran and held prayers for PTI MNA from Hangu, Khayal Zaman, former president Rafique Tarar and other former members of National Assembly and Senate and those who lost their lives during Peshawar and Sibi terror attacks.

NA Speaker Asad Qaiser then adjourned the session till March 28 4:00pm citing parliamentary traditions, according to which only Fateha is offered and speeches to honour the deceased are held on the first session held after the death of a member.

"Prior to this, NA sessions have been adjourned 24 times due to the demise of fellow parliamentarians," Asad Qaiser said before announcing to adjourn the assembly session. It is likely that no-confidence motion against PM Imran Khan will be tabled in the house on Monday March 28. 

The opposition leaders talked to the media outside the parliament after the session and criticised the speaker for using delaying tactics. PML-N president and opposition leader in national assembly Shehbaz launched a scathing attacking on speaker Asad Qaiser, calling him a "stooge" of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The PML-N president said that Qaiser violated the rules of procedures by conducting proceedings as "a PTI worker".

Amid claims of the combined Opposition to have obtained the support of required numbers for the success of the no-confidence motion against the prime minister, a 15-point agenda was issued by the NA Secretariat for the 41st session on Thursday night, with the no-trust motion on the 'Orders of the Day'.

The Opposition had submitted a no-confidence motion against PM Imran Khan on March 8 and the 14-day constitutional deadline as per Article 54(3) to convene the NA session on the Opposition requisition has expired on March 21.

“This House is of the view that the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has lost the confidence of the majority of the members of the National Assembly of Pakistan; therefore he should cease to hold office," the text of the resolution as placed on order of the day said.

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