Imran Khan addresses nation after Pak parliament adjourned till Sunday
The 69-year-old politician's government is in minority after key ally Muttahida Qaumi Movement (Pakistan) with seven members crossed over to the opposition. In the 342-member Assembly, the opposition has 177 members against the majority mark of 172
The Pakistan Assembly on Thursday was adjourned till April 3 after it resumed to debate on the no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan government. This comes amid prime minister Imran Khan's address to the nation tonight.
The session of the National Assembly was chaired by deputy speaker Qasim Suri. All present on opposition benches demanded voting on the no-confidence motion at the earliest. Suri said as no member was interested in asking any questions he adjourned the session till Sunday April 3, 11.00 am, when voting could take place.
“Imran isn't left with anywhere to run. Today, he used Speaker to run away but for how long ? There is no safe passage anymore. There is one honourable way, PM should resign and Shehbaz Sharif be given an opportunity for a vote of confidence,” Pakistan People's Party chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said.
Leader of Opposition in the Pakistan Assembly Shehbaz Sharif had tabled the no-confidence motion on March 28. According to norms, the voting is to be held between the third day and till the end of seventh day.
On Wednesday, Khan deferred his televised speech after being reportedly advised to do so by Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The Pakistan prime minister will be delivering his nation address after chairing a national security council meet, ARY news reported.
The address to the nation comes a day after the prime minister in a hurriedly called cabinet meeting shared the letter with his ministers. The ministers from Balochistan Awami Party and the MQM-P were not present as they have already joined the opposition ranks. Khan later shared the contents of the letter with senior journalists of the country.
On Thursday, the United States dismissed allegation that it is trying to topple the Imran Khan government as it was miffed with the Pakistani prime minister's visit to Russia. According to Pak daily Dawn, the US State Department said none of its agencies or officials sent any letter to Pakistan on the political situation in the country.
The 69-year-old politician's government is in minority after key ally Muttahida Qaumi Movement (Pakistan) with seven members crossed over to the opposition. In the 342-member Assembly, the opposition has 177 members against the majority mark of 172.
In the history of Pakistan, no prime minister has completed a full five-year term and has also not been ousted through a no-confidence vote. Imran Khan is the third prime minister after Benazir Bhutto and Shaukat Aziz to face a no-trust vote.