ISLAMABAD: The crucial National Assembly session, with no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan on its agenda, has been adjourned till Monday March 28.
The session was wrapped up almost immediately after it started with the recitation of Holy Quran with National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri offered Fateha for PTI’s deceased MNA from Hangu, Khayal Zaman, others who lost their lives during Peshawar and Sibi terror attacks as per Qaiser’s direction.
Later, Qaiser adjourned the hearing till 4pm on Monday.
“Since this is the tradition of this house, that whenever an respectable member [of the assembly] passes away, the [NA] session is adjourned till the next [working] day in their honour,” Qaiser said.
He said that the tradition has been followed nine times in the 12th assembly, four times in the 13th assembly, six times in the 14th assembly and five times in the current assembly.
NA Speaker Asad Qaiser had convened the session last Sunday.
The NA secretariat had issued a 15-point order of the day for today Thursday night, with the no-trust motion against PM Imran Khan included on the agenda for the crucial session, alongside other affairs.
The Opposition, confident of having the required numbers for the success of the no-confidence motion against the prime minister, had submitted the requisition along with notice of the no-confidence resolution, in the National Assembly Secretariat on March 8. The notice of no-confidence resolution against PM Imran Khan was signed by 152 opposition members.
Before the start of the session, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari told the reporters that today is the day of their victory.
“Today, after three years of hard work, the no-confidence motion has been included in the agenda — Orders of the Day — for the NA session,” he said, adding that going forward, people of Pakistan will see victory while “selected” [government] will face defeat.
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif said that a strategy will be devised today during the session.
Replying to a journalist’s question regarding matters being settled through the backdoor, Shahbaz questioned that who said “matters are being settled like this?”
Meanwhile, former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said: “InshaAllah everything will get better” as this is an important turning point of the country’s politics.