Pak trust vote highlights: Imran Khan calls for early election after parliament dismisses no-confidence vote against him

Updated on Apr 03, 2022 10:27 PM IST

No-trust motion against Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan HIGHLIGHTS: Imran Khan survived a move to oust him as Pakistan's prime minister on Sunday, getting a reprieve when the deputy speaker of parliament blocked a no-confidence motion as unconstitutional.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.(REUTERS)

HIGHLIGHTS: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan foiled an attempt to boot him from office Sunday by getting the president to dissolve the national assembly, meaning fresh elections must be held within three months.

On a day of high drama, the assembly deputy speaker refused to accept a motion of no confidence in the government, as Khan simultaneously appeared on TV to say there had been "foreign interference" in Pakistan's democratic institutions.

"I have sent advice to the president to dissolve the assemblies. We will go to the public and hold elections, and let the nation decide," he said.

No Pakistan prime minister has ever completed a full term, and Khan was facing the biggest challenge to his rule since being elected in 2018, with opponents accusing him of economic mismanagement and bungling foreign policy.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Supreme Court on Sunday adjourned hearing on petition moved by opposition challenging the dismissal of no-confidence motion against Imran Khan till April 4, news agency ANI reported.

Follow all the updates here:

  • Apr 03, 2022 10:27 PM IST

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    Pakistan chief justice says all orders and actions initiated by PM, president subject to court order

    Pakistan's Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said on Sunday that all orders and actions initiated by the prime minister and the president regarding the dissolution of the National Assembly will be subject to the court's order as he adjourned for one day the hearing of the high-profile case, news agency PTI reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 08:44 PM IST

    Who is controlling Pakistan tonight?

    Who is in charge of Pakistan tonight? President Arif Alvi on Sunday dissolved the Pakistan Assembly after the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan was dismissed.

    The political machinations in Islamabad have exposed the vulnerability of Pakistan's democracy. The Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri dismissed the no-confidence motion on the basis of unsubstantiated reasons. Read more

  • Apr 03, 2022 08:01 PM IST

    'Imran Khan will save Pakistan,' shout his supporters outside parliament

    After Pakistani President Arif Alvi dissolved the National Assembly on Sunday, supporters of PM Imran Khan started sloganeering outside Pakistan Parliament shouting: Imran Khan will save Pakistan, news agency ANI reported.

    "Imran Khan will save Pakistan...Whoever is America's friend is a traitor," the supporters could be heard shouting. They were also raising "Imran Khan Zindabad" slogans.

  • Apr 03, 2022 07:15 PM IST

    'Black day for Pakistan,' says Pak Opposition leader

    "This day will be remembered as a black day in Pakistan's constitutional history," said Shehbaz Sharif, tipped to replace Khan if the no-confidence motion had succeeded.

  • Apr 03, 2022 06:57 PM IST

    Pak SC hearing adjourned till tomorrow

    Supreme Court adjourns hearing on dissolution of National Assembly of Pakistan till April 4, news agency ANI reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 06:51 PM IST

    Imran Khan calls for early election

    "Prepare for elections. No corrupt forces will decide what the future of the country will be. When the assemblies will be dissolved, the procedure for the next elections and the caretaker government will begin," Imran Khan said as per news agency PTI.

  • Apr 03, 2022 06:48 PM IST

    Deputy Speaker cited ‘foreign interference’ in canceling a no-confidence motion

    Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, a member of Imran Khan’s ruling party, cited “foreign interference” in canceling a no-confidence motion brought by the opposition, which said it had the numbers to oust him and take power. Khan then asked the president to dissolve parliament, which was approved shortly afterward.

  • Apr 03, 2022 06:05 PM IST

    Pak Opposition to stage dharna in national assembly till no-trust vote is held

    Pakistan Opposition has decided to stage a dharna in National Assembly till the no-trust vote against Prime Minister Imran Khan is not held, news agency ANI reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 05:36 PM IST

    My action has surprised Opposition: Pak PM after Assembly dissolved

    “My action has surprised Opposition. Had I revealed about this surprise yesterday, they would not have been so bothered today,” said Pakistan PM Imran Khan as he reiterated ‘foreign conspiracy’ claim during his address after National Assembly of Pakistan was dissolved, reported ANI citing Geo News.

  • Apr 03, 2022 05:26 PM IST

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  • Apr 03, 2022 05:23 PM IST

    Deputy Attorney General Raja Khalid, a top prosecutor, resigns

    Deputy Attorney General Raja Khalid, a top prosecutor, resigned, calling the government's parliamentary move unconstitutional, Reuters reported. "What has happened can only be expected in the rule of a dictator," he told local media.

  • Apr 03, 2022 04:23 PM IST

    Pakistan SC takes suo moto notice of National Assembly dissolution

    After the high drama that ensued in the politics of Pakistan, Supreme Court has taken a suo moto notice of the dissolution of the National Assembly by President Arif Alvi on Sunday.

  • Apr 03, 2022 04:09 PM IST

    Sloganeering outside Pak Parl after the National Assembly of Pakistan was dissolved

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  • Apr 03, 2022 03:44 PM IST

    ‘Army has no role,’ says DG ISPR Babar Iftikhar

    The Pakistan Army has denied its role in the events that led to the dissolution of the country's National Assembly today and the rejection of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

    "Absolutely not," Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar said when asked if the military had a role to play in the events that led to the dissolution of the National Assembly.

    The DG ISPR's comments on the ongoing political situation came shortly after President Arif Alvi approved the dissolution of the National Assembly on the advice of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

  • Apr 03, 2022 03:10 PM IST

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    While acting upon the advice of the Prime Minister, President Arif Alvi has approved the removal of Mohammad Sarwar from the position of Governor of Punjab and appointed Omar Sarfraz Cheema as Governor Punjab, under Article 101 of the Constitution of Pakistan, reported PTV news.

  • Apr 03, 2022 02:42 PM IST

    Elections in Pak likely to be held in the next 90 days, reports ANI

    Pakistan President Arif Alvi has dissolved the National Assembly on the proposal of Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday, with the elections likely to be held in the next 90 days, news agency ANI reported.

    Earlier, Imran Khan surprised the Opposition to announce in his televised address to the nation that he has advised President Arif Alvi to dissolve all the Assemblies.

    Official notification to dissolve the National Assembly has also been issued by the Pakistani President.

  • Apr 03, 2022 02:35 PM IST

    Pakistan PM Khan avoids ouster move but uncertainty builds

    Imran Khan survived a move to oust him as Pakistan's prime minister on Sunday, getting a reprieve when the deputy speaker of parliament blocked a no-confidence motion as unconstitutional.

    But Khan's fate was not immediately clear, leading to fresh political and constitutional uncertainty in the nuclear-armed country of 220 million people, news agency Reuters reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 02:26 PM IST

    Imran Khan has pushed Pak into anarchy: Pak Opposition leader

  • Apr 03, 2022 02:23 PM IST

    PM Imran will continue his duties under Article 224 of the Constitution

    Law Minister Fawad Chaudhry has informed that federal cabinet has been dissolved and PM Imran will continue his duties under Article 224 of the Constitution.

  • Apr 03, 2022 01:51 PM IST

    Pak President dissolves National Assembly on advice of PM Imran Khan

    Pak President dissolves National Assembly on the advice of PM Imran Khan, reports ANI citing local media.

  • Apr 03, 2022 01:46 PM IST

    Pakistan PM Khan gets reprieve as move to oust him blocked

    Imran Khan survived a move to oust him as Pakistan's prime minister on Sunday, getting a reprieve when the deputy speaker of parliament blocked a no-confidence motion as unconstitutional, Reuters reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 01:39 PM IST

    Opposition to stage dharna in National Assembly

    The Opposition will stage a dharna in the National Assembly after the Deputy Speaker dismissed the no-confidence motion, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), said in a statement.

  • Apr 03, 2022 01:27 PM IST

    Govt has violated Constitution, will move Supreme Court, says Oppn leader

  • Apr 03, 2022 01:16 PM IST

    Imran Khan calls for fresh polls after no- confidence rejected in Pak assembly

    Pakistan prime minister on Sunday called for fresh election shortly after a no confidence motion against him was rejected in the National Assembly over security concerns. Read more 

  • Apr 03, 2022 01:08 PM IST

    PM Imran Khan addresses Pakistan

  • Apr 03, 2022 01:03 PM IST

    No trust vote against Imran Khan today, assembly session dismissed amid chaos

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  • Apr 03, 2022 12:58 PM IST

    PM Imran Khan not present in the Assembly

    PM Imran Khan is not present in the Assembly, news agency ANI reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 12:51 PM IST

    Proceedings of the Pakistan National Assembly get underway

  • Apr 03, 2022 12:38 PM IST

    ‘I sympathize with the people of PML-N’: Pak minister on no-trust vote against Imran Khan

  • Apr 03, 2022 12:27 PM IST

    Islamabad police quit taking orders from Imran Khan govt

    Islamabad police quit taking orders from Imran Khan govt, Geo News reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 12:15 PM IST

    Omar Sarfraz Cheema appointed new Governor of Punjab province

    Umer Sarfaraz Cheema has been appointed the new Governor of Punjab in Pakistan, news agency ANI reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 12:00 PM IST

    Opposition members of the National Assembly starts to arrive at Parliament House

    Opposition members of the National Assembly have started to arrive at Parliament House ahead of the no-trust vote, say Pak media.

  • Apr 03, 2022 11:59 AM IST

    Security personnel deployed near Pakistan's National Assembly

  • Apr 03, 2022 11:57 AM IST

    Before trust vote against Pak PM, opposition leaders' move against speaker

    Before trust vote against Pakistan  Prime minister , opposition leaders' move against the speaker.

    One of the possible scenarios being discussed that may give a relief to Imran Khan is that the National Assembly Speaker may decide to delay the motion or may not allow some members to vote

  • Apr 03, 2022 11:46 AM IST

    Govt removes Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar

    The federal government has removed Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar from his post. The new governor of Punjab will be announced later. According to the constitution, the deputy speaker will be the acting governor.

  • Apr 03, 2022 11:30 AM IST

    'Whole nation is standing by Imran Khan's side', says says ruling party

    “Prime Minister Imran Khan has made Pakistanis proud at every opportunity. Today, the whole nation is standing by Imran Khan's side”, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf tweeted.

  • Apr 03, 2022 11:10 AM IST

    Pakistan's Opposition member moves motion for the removal of National Assembly Speaker

    Pakistan's Opposition member has moved a motion for the removal of Asad Qaiser, National Assembly Speaker, ahead of Imran Khan's No-trust vote.

  • Apr 03, 2022 10:59 AM IST

    District administration imposes Section 144  in Islamabad ahead of the National Assembly session : Pakistan's Geo News

  • Apr 03, 2022 10:41 AM IST

    Imran Khan incites youths to protest against foreign conspiracy

    Hours before the crucial vote on the no-confidence motion against Pakistan Prime minister Imran Khan, the ruling party has doubled up efforts to gain support from the public as Pakistan PM called the youth of the country to protest for two days against the "foreign conspiracy" to oust him.

  • Apr 03, 2022 10:38 AM IST

    Pak Punjab assembly governor removed ahead of no-trust motion against Imran Khan

    Muhammad Sarwar, the governor of Punjab in Pakistan, has been removed by the federal government shortly before the no trust vote against Imran Khan was to be taken up in the National Assembly on Sunday. Read more

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