Opposition boycotts NA  session, demands PM to step down

The Nation  |  Mar 06, 2021

ISLAMABAD   -  The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has decided to boycott the session of the National Assembly summoned by the President for the Prime Minister’s vote of confidence on Saturday (today).

While announcing the decision of the Opposition parties, PDM head Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday said that no member of the Opposition parties will attend the session summoned by the President in violation of the Constitution. While addressing the media in Sukkur, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that there was no importance of the session in the absence of the Opposition members, stating that PM had lost its confidence in the Assembly and he must resign now.

Talking about Imran Khan’s remarks over the role of ECP in Senate elections, he said that the PM was trying to make ECP controversial while levelling wrong allegations.

On the other hand many legal experts believe that the boycott of the Opposition parties from the session will have no impact on the status of the session summoned by the President.

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He stated that the President has summoned the session of the National Assembly under the Article 91(7) of the Constitution of Pakistan and there should be no reservations from the Opposition side as the President has summoned the session by exercising his Constitutional power.

Meanwhile, another senior lawyer from Peshawar High Court Tariq Afghan said that according to the Constitution of Pakistan there is no impact on the status of Saturday’s session of the National Assembly as PM has only to take the majority vote in order to survive the possible no-confidence motion.

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Syed Shafiq Sultan advocate, a senior lawyer of Islamabad High Court told The Nation the absence of the opposition in the session will have no impact on the status of the session.

Syed Shafiq Advocate stated that according to Article 55 of the Constitution of Pakistan, all decisions of the National Assembly shall be taken by the majority of the members present in voting and it is clear that PM Imran Khan has already a clear majority in the House and will have easily get the confidence vote even in the absence of Opposition members.

Advocate Syed Shafiq added that the absence of the Opposition benches has no legal or Constitutional impact but the Prime Minister will lose moral grounds to retain his office.

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