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Highlights: Pakistan Parliament to vote for new PM on Monday, says Speaker

Pakistan political crisis highlights: The ruling was seen as dealing a massive blow to Khan's hopes of retaining power in Pakistan and his plans of calling for fresh elections.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Pak political crisis updates: Pakistan's parliament convened on Saturday to vote on Imran Khan's future as the nation's prime minister, after this week's Pak Supreme Court ruling - that the rejection of the vote against Khan by deputy speaker Qasim Suri was unconstitutional. The ruling was seen as dealing a massive blow to Khan's hopes of retaining power in Pakistan and his plans of calling for fresh elections. The Pak assembly convened at 10.30 am (local time) with the vote listed as the fourth item on the agenda. In initial exchanges between Khan's ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the opposition, including Shabhaz Sharif and Shah Mahmood Qureshi, saw speaker Asad Qaiser urged to uphold the Supreme Court's order and carry out the no-confidence vote in accordance with parliamentary laws. Earlier Qaiser had declared there should instead be a discussion on the 'international conspiracy' issue....Read More

The assembly was adjourned till 12:30 pm local time (1 pm IST) but failed to restart on time, raising questions over whether the no-trust vote will be carried out in line with the top court's order. The Assembly session has finally convened and the proceedings are underway.  

On Friday, after the Supreme Court's ruling, Imran Khan addressed the nation and declared himself disappointed with the judicial outcome. He also continued his recent praising of India and called it a nation of 'khuddar qaum', or self-respecting people, and said no superpower - an allusion to the United States that some claim is behind the political turmoil in Pak - could dictate terms to it.

On Thursday the Supreme Court restored the national assembly - days after it was dissolved by president Arif Alvi, ostensibly to scupper the vote against Khan and help him hold snap polls. However, massive criticism followed this move, with opposition leaders calling it 'unconstitutional' and the nation's top court intervening.

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Apr 10, 2022 2:59 AM IST

Pakistan Parliament to vote for new prime minister on Monday: Speaker

Pakistan Parliament will vote to elect new prime minister on Monday, announces acting Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.

Apr 10, 2022 2:46 AM IST

Bilawal Bhutto commemorates ‘purana Pakistan’ on Imran Khan's ouster

“Welcome back to 'purana' (old) Pakistan. I want to congratulate each and everyone in Pakistan. I want to give a message to Pakistani youth to never give up on their dreams, nothing is impossible,” says Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman, PPP in Pakistan National Assembly.

Apr 10, 2022 2:34 AM IST

Justice will prevail in Pakistan: Shahbaz Sharif in Parliament

“Prayers of crores of Pakistanis have been accepted by the almighty. All members of the united opposition are thankful to Allah. We will not take revenge on anyone, we will not do injustice to anyone and we will not put anyone in jail, the law will take its own path. Justice will prevail in Pakistan,” says prime ministerial frontrunner and PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif in Pakistan National Assembly.

Apr 10, 2022 2:33 AM IST

Shahbaz Sharif set to become Pakistan's next Prime Minister: Report

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif, who is currently the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, is all set to become the next Prime Minister as the ruling Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government was voted out after losing the no-confidence motion. Read more

Apr 10, 2022 2:26 AM IST

Imran Khan ousted as Pakistan PM: What happens now?

Pakistani opposition political parties have passed the no-confidence vote in parliament seeking the ouster of Prime Minister Imran Khan, largely on accusations of economic mismanagement. Khan's ouster is likely to bring another round of instability in the nuclear armed country, in which the military has a long record of intervening in politics. Read more

Apr 10, 2022 1:52 AM IST

When will the next Pakistan Prime Minister be elected?

There will be a vote in the National Assembly to elect a new prime minister to serve until a general election. Candidates can be put forward by any party with legislators in the assembly.

Apr 10, 2022 1:35 AM IST

Imran Khan-led Pakistan govt falls as he loses trust vote in Parliament

Imran Khan loses trust vote in Pakistan National Assembly. 174 votes passed in favour of the motion, 0 votes against, Ayaz Sadiq announced in Parliament.

Apr 10, 2022 1:29 AM IST

PTI senator Faisal Javed Khan ‘saw off PM Imran Khan’ from his official residence

PTI’s Senator Faisal Javed Khan tweeted that he saw off PM Imran Khan as he left his official state residence.

Apr 10, 2022 1:20 AM IST

Voting concludes, Pak PM Imran Khan likely to lose no-confidence motion

Voting concludes in Pakistan Parliament. Results are expected soon.

Khan, 69, surged to power in 2018 with the military's support, but recently lost his parliamentary majority when allies quit his coalition government.

Apr 10, 2022 12:55 AM IST

‘A good man sent home,’ tweets Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry, hinting Imran Khan's exit

Ahead of no-confidence motion against Pakistan PM Imran Khan, minister for information and broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry tweeted: “Sad day for Pakistan….. return of looters a good man sent home”. 

Apr 10, 2022 12:45 AM IST

Pakistan Parliament begins no-trust vote against Imran Khan

Motion for vote of no confidence has been moved, voting begins. Former president Asif Ali Zardari was among first to vote.

Apr 10, 2022 12:39 AM IST

House adjourned for 2 mins before no-trust vote against Pak PM Imran Khan

House has reconvened after a two-min procedural adjournment, voting to be taken up soon. The voting is expected to be more of a formality. PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq is officiating as speaker.

Apr 10, 2022 12:30 AM IST

House adjourned before voting begins for no-confidence motion against PM Imran Khan

Speaker of the Assembly reads out the resolution for no-confidence motion against Pakistan PM Imran Khan. House adjourned for 2 minutes before voting.

Apr 10, 2022 12:23 AM IST

No-confidence motion being taken up in Pakistan Assembly

The no-confidence motion against Pakistan PM Imran Khan is being taken up in the Pakistan Assembly.

Apr 10, 2022 12:19 AM IST

Prisoner vans seen outside Parliament House ahead of Pak PM Imran Khan's no-confidence motion

Apr 10, 2022 12:14 AM IST

Pakistan National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser, Deputy speaker Qasim Suri resign ahead of SC hearing

National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser and Deputy speaker Qasim Suri have resigned ahead of the Supreme Court hearing.

Apr 10, 2022 12:06 AM IST

Pakistan airports on high alert, govt officials barred from leaving country

An alert has been issued at all Pakistan airports, reported Geo News. No government official is allowed to leave the country without an NOC.

Apr 9, 2022 11:31 PM IST

'Wasn't on cards': Imran Khan rejects reports of COAS Gen Bajwa's dismissal

Geo News quoted sources suggesting he had removed chief of Army staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. According to the report, Khan told the media that he had no plans to make changes to the defence department.

“There was neither any talk of dismissing the army chief nor was this on the cards,” Imran Khan was quoted as speaking to journalists. "I will do my job as per the law and in line with the Constitution," the Pakistan PM was quoted as saying.

Apr 9, 2022 11:09 PM IST

Those who bought MPs will be responsible if martial law is imposed: Pak minister

Amidst the deadlock in Pakistan's Parliament on the no-confidence vote against embattled Prime Minister Imran Khan, his close aide on Saturday warned that those who bought MPs will be responsible if martial law is imposed in the country.

The remarks by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry came hours after Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari alleged that Prime Minister Khan was seeking military intervention in the country’s political affairs by delaying voting on the no-confidence motion and to create a constitutional crisis.

Apr 9, 2022 10:56 PM IST

Pak PM Imran Khan holds emergency meeting of his Cabinet

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan held an emergency meeting of his Cabinet on Saturday night, even though his government is expected to lose a no-confidence motion in the National Assembly, according to local media reports.

Khan chaired the emergency Cabinet meeting where it was decided that he should not resign, sources said.

Apr 9, 2022 10:51 PM IST

'Threat letter' to be shared with Chief Justice of Pakistan tonight: local media

PM Imran Khan chairs special cabinet meeting, says Geo News. The report also said that a "Threat letter" will be shared with CJP tonight.

Apr 9, 2022 10:45 PM IST

Chief Justice instructs officials to open doors of top court at 12am PST, reports local media

Geo News citing sources stated that the chief justice has instructed relevant officials of the top court to open the doors at 12am PST (12:30am IST).

Apr 9, 2022 10:36 PM IST

Pakistan's army chief meets Imran Khan

Pakistan's army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa met Prime Minister Imran Khan amid impasse over parliamentary vote to oust him, reports Reuters, citing local media.

Apr 9, 2022 10:30 PM IST

Islamabad high Court and Supreme Court to begin hearings shortly, reports local media

Islamabad High Court and Supreme Court of Pakistan to begin hearings shortly, according to GEO News. Imran Khan to reach parliament shortly.

Apr 9, 2022 10:28 PM IST

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari cites Supreme Court's order in a tweet

Pakistan's opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari cited Supreme Court's order in a tweet to make a point that the Speaker cannot prorogue the Assembly: 

"Paragraph 10. The Speaker shall not, in exercise of his powers under clause (3) Article 54 of the Constitution, prorogue the Assembly and bring the Session to an end, except as follows: 

"a. If the Resolution is not passed by the requisite majority (i.e., the no-confidence resolution is defeated), then at any time thereafter;

“b. If the Resolution is passed by the requisite majority (i.e., the no-confidence resolution is successful), then at any time once a Prime Minister is elected in terms of Article 91 of the Constitution read with Rule 32 of the Rules and enters upon his office.”

Apr 9, 2022 10:17 PM IST

National Assembly Speaker agrees to hold no-trust vote, reports local media

According to Geo News, National Assembly Speaker has agreed to hold trust vote. Prime Minister Imran Khan is also expected to speak to selected journalists, security being beefed up outside his house.

Apr 9, 2022 10:15 PM IST

Supreme Court to open at midnight

The Supreme Court of Pakistan to open at midnight after Imran Khan's party filed a review petition against the court's ruling setting aside national assembly deputy speaker Qasim Suri's rejection of a no-trust to vote against prime minister Imran Khan.

Apr 9, 2022 9:56 PM IST

Pakistan’s Khan delays confidence vote by parliament disruptions

The National Assembly or lower house of parliament was disrupted at least thrice Saturday, with Khan’s party colleagues hinting further delays were likely as the session, already 10-hours-long, dragged on into the night. The opposition has said it has the backing of more than 172 members needed to oust Khan’s government and win the no-confidence vote in the 342-member house.

Apr 9, 2022 9:26 PM IST

Imran Khan's party submits reference against 20 deviant members to Assembly speaker

PTI submitted a reference against 20 deviant members to National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser as they aim to get dissident party members unseated. The reference against the members filed under Article 63(A): Geo News

Apr 9, 2022 9:18 PM IST

Pakistan PM summons cabinet meeting as threat of no-confidence vote looms

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday at a time when a crucial National Assembly session on the no-confidence motion is underway. Khan has summoned a special meeting of the federal cabinet tonight at 9pm. He will chair the meeting where important decisions are to be taken, Geo News reported citing sources.

Apr 9, 2022 8:44 PM IST

Reports say Imran Khan to allow no-trust vote against his govt on this condition

It is being reported that Imran Khan is likely to allow a vote on a no-confidence motion if opposition parties assure that no cases will be filed against him and his family members.

Apr 9, 2022 8:41 PM IST

National Assembly session adjourned till 9:30pm PST

The National Assembly session has been adjourned till 10pm (IST) (9:30pm local time).

Apr 9, 2022 8:13 PM IST

How does the no-confidence vote work?

Under the constitution, a prime minister is elected by a majority of the lower house National Assembly, which has 342 members.

A candidate needs a majority of legislators, 172, to vote for him to become prime minister. That is the same number of votes against him in a no-confidence vote needed to oust him and dissolve his cabinet.

So Khan could survive a no-confidence vote even if he got fewer votes than the opposition but only if the latter did not get the 172 votes that make up a majority in the 342-seat house.

Apr 9, 2022 7:45 PM IST

What happens if Pak PM Imran Khan loses no-confidence vote?

Pakistani opposition political parties have introduced a no-confidence vote in parliament seeking the ouster of Prime Minister Imran Khan, largely on accusations of economic mismanagement. Read more

Apr 9, 2022 7:35 PM IST

National Assembly session to resume at 8.30pm PST, to continue till midnight

National Assembly session will resume at 8.30pm PST (9pm IST) and is expected to continue till midnight.

Apr 9, 2022 7:15 PM IST

Pakistan speaker tells opposition he won't allow trust vote, says local media

Pakistan-based Geo News channel is reported that Pakistan Speaker Asad Qaiser has told opposition leaders that he won't allow trust vote. However, there is no official word on the development.

Apr 9, 2022 6:56 PM IST

Pakistan lawmakers clash as PM no-confidence vote adjourned again

Pakistan lawmakers clashed angrily in the national assembly on Saturday with the opposition accusing ruling party members of wasting time ahead of a no-confidence vote that will likely see Prime Minister Imran Khan booted from office.

Apr 9, 2022 6:44 PM IST

Agenda of the cabinet meet unknown

The Pakistan cabinet meeting comes hours after parliament was abruptly adjourned before the vote that Khan was widely expected to lose. "We don't know the agenda of the meeting," one government official told Reuters. "We just have been instructed to meet."

Apr 9, 2022 6:25 PM IST

Pak minister updates his Twitter bio ahead of no-trust vote

Pakistan's I&B minister Choudhary Fawad Hussain changes his Twitter account bio to former I&B minister ahead of voting on no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan's government. 

Apr 9, 2022 5:46 PM IST

Imran Khan calls a cabinet meeting at 9pm PST

Imran Khan has called a cabinet meeting at 9pm PST. According to reports, no-trust vote will take place at 8pm PST.

Apr 9, 2022 5:29 PM IST

US rejects Pak PM Khan's allegations of 'conspiracy' to overthrow his govt

The US has bluntly rejected Pakistan's embattled Prime Minister Imran Khan's latest allegations of a "foreign conspiracy" plotted in Washington to overthrow his government with the help of the Opposition parties, saying there is "absolutely no truth" to these claims.

Apr 9, 2022 5:12 PM IST

Shah Mahmood Qureshi rakes up Kashmir issue as Imran Khan faces no-trust vote

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi raked up the Kashmir issue while defending Prime Minister Imran in the National Assembly which resumed a session on the no-confidence motion against the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday afternoon. Read more

Apr 9, 2022 5:03 PM IST

Heavy security deplyed outside Pakistan National Assembly in Islamabad

With the no-trust vote against the Imran Khan's government expected to take place today, heavy security has been deployed outside the Pakistan National Assembly in Islamabad.

Apr 9, 2022 4:48 PM IST

Oppn says it has backing of more than 172 members in the 342-member House

The opposition has said it has the backing of more than 172 members needed to oust Khan’s government and win the no-confidence vote in the 342-member House.

Apr 9, 2022 4:31 PM IST

No-trust vote against Pak PM Imran Khan likely after 8 pm, says local media

The Pakistan Parliament’s crucial session to vote on no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan resumed on Saturday afternoon following a temporary adjournment after Speaker Asad Qaiser suggested there should be a discussion on the so-called "foreign conspiracy" against the government. Read more

Apr 9, 2022 4:28 PM IST

Won't allow conspiracy against Constitution by Imran Khan: Oppn leader

Now opposition PML-N leader and former minister Khwaja Saad Rafique is speaking. He said won't allow conspiracy against Constitution by Imran Khan.

Apr 9, 2022 4:23 PM IST

Pakistan People's Party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari attacks Imran Khan, accuses Speaker 

Pakistan People's Party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is speaking in the House. He has accused PTI leader who is in Speaker's chair for now of committing contempt of court and going against Constitution. He also called Imran Khan a "selected" PM who has run away from the House and accused PTI of dividing people, judiciary and polity. He said Pakistan needs free and fair elections and opposition will accept outcome of such elections.

Apr 9, 2022 4:05 PM IST

Imran's party files plea against SC ruling paving way for trust vote 

Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against ruling which declared Speaker's order disallowing no-trust vote and dissolution of the National Assembly as contrary to law and Constitution.

Apr 9, 2022 3:54 PM IST

Where is Imran Khan as his party tries to ‘delay’ no-trust vote in assembly?

Imran Khan once again skipped the assembly proceeding on Saturday as his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf continued attempts to delay the no-confidence vote Khan is staring at. On April 3, Imran did not attend the assembly session and monitored the proceeding from his chamber. As soon as the deputy speaker dismissed the opposition's no-confidence motion, Imran Khan addressed the nation, in which he announced his advice to dissolve the assembly. Read more

Apr 9, 2022 3:36 PM IST

Qureshi attacks US NSA

Pakistan is a sovereign state... I want to bring on record, that US NSA called the NSA of Pakistan and ordered us not to go (Russia). Which nation is ordered around like this?: Pakistan foreign minister and PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi in National Assembly