imran: Imran dissolves House after vice president rejects no-confidence decision; SC intervenes to study the legality

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s political sluggishness over the weeks culminated when President Dr Arif Alvi dissolved the National Assembly on Sunday on the recommendation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who quickly opted for the option of a general election within 90 days after the opposition motion of no confidence against him. declared unconstitutional by the Deputy Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament.
Pakistan’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial took notice suo motu of the dissolution of the National Assembly even as the opposition moved the court, suspending all actions and orders issued by the Prime Minister and President until that a bench of three members hear all the parties. The bench issued notices to all respondents before adjourning for the day. Chief Justice Bandial warned against unconstitutional actions by any institution, saying no one should try to take advantage of the situation. “Public order must be maintained.”
In a short televised address to the nation immediately after the rejection of the no-confidence decision, Imran claimed victory in his fight against the so-called “foreign plot” to overthrow his government, an argument to which the vice president Qasim Suri joined when he ruled that “foreign powers” could not be allowed to interfere in Pakistan’s democratic process.
Suri’s decision to block the no-confidence motion in the face of Imran’s impending exit – 195 MPs in the 342-member House had lined up to vote against him – came after giving the floor to Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, who explained how the government uncovered the alleged foreign conspiracy that the Prime Minister had spoken of many times before.
“On March 7, our official ambassador was invited to a meeting attended by the representatives of other countries. The meeting was informed that a motion against Prime Minister Imran was presented and we were told that relations with the Pakistan depended on the success of the no-confidence motion. We were told that if the motion failed, then Pakistan’s path would be very difficult. This is a regime change operation by a foreign government,” the minister alleged. , calling on the vice president to rule on the constitutionality of the no-confidence movement.
At this, Suri declared the motion against the law of the land and the constitution. “No foreign power shall be permitted to overthrow an elected government by conspiracy,” he said.
Suri declared the points raised by Chaudhry “valid” and called the motion against Article 5 of the Constitution, which states that “loyalty to the state is the fundamental duty of every citizen.”
Prime Minister Imran wasted no time in congratulating his supporters and urging them to start preparing for the elections. It took less than 30 minutes for the president to announce the dissolution of the National Assembly after Khan’s televised speech.
Typically, after the assembly is dissolved, the president, in consultation with the prime minister and the leader of the opposition, is required to appoint an interim prime minister.
When the National Assembly or a provincial assembly is dissolved, a general election to the assembly, in accordance with the constitution, must be held within 90 days and the results declared no later than 14 days after the polls close.
Imran asked the opposition to accept his call for elections rather than “be part of a foreign plot for regime change”.
“They’ve been screaming at the top of their lungs about how our government has failed and lost the support of the people, so why the fear of the election now? Democrats are going to the people for support,” he tweeted.
Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif accused Imran of “high treason” for obstructing the vote of no confidence. “There will be consequences for flagrant and brazen violations of the Constitution. I hope the Supreme Court will play its role in upholding the Constitution,” he said.
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said the vice president’s decision was “unconstitutional” and amounted to manipulating laws.
Pakistan’s military, rarely far removed from the country’s politics, said it had nothing to do with the current crisis. “We have nothing to do with what happened today (in parliament),” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army’s media arm, said in a statement.
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