Pakistani Parliament rejects no-confidence motion against Khan | News

EVOLVING STORY,

Prime Minister Khan says he has advised the president to dissolve parliament and schedule new elections.

Imran Khan survived the move to oust him as Pakistani Prime Minister, gaining a respite when a vice-president of parliament blocked a motion of no confidence as unconstitutional.

Khan, whose fate was not immediately clear, later advised the country’s president to dissolve parliament, which led to new political instability in a 220-million-strong country armed with nuclear weapons.

The vice-chairman of the National Assembly from the ruling Pakistani party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rejected the move against Khan on Sunday, saying it was contrary to Art. 5 of the constitution.

Pakistani news site Dawn.com reported that, under Article 5, “loyalty to the state is the first duty of every citizen” and “obedience to the constitution and the law is [inviolable] the duty of every citizen, no matter where he is, and of every other person so far in Pakistan ”.

“Once the council reaches the president, the assemblies will be dissolved and the process of forming a transitional government will follow,” Khan said in a live speech on the state-owned PTV channel.

“We have decided to halt the strike in the National Assembly unless there is a vote of no confidence,” Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, chairman of the Pakistani People’s Party (PPP), told reporters.

“We are contacting the Supreme Court regarding this violation.”

The struggling Pakistani prime minister was due to face a no-confidence vote on Sunday after the opposition said it had advantages.

The opposition needs a simple majority of 172 votes in Pakistan’s 342-seat parliament to remove Khan, a cricket-turned politician, from the mandate.

Key partners in his small but key coalition, along with 17 members of his own party, joined the opposition to remove him.

On Sunday, giant metal containers blocked roads and entrances to the capital’s diplomatic enclave, parliament and other sensitive government installations in the capital.

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