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President Arif Alvi approves dissolution of National Assembly on PM Imran Khan’s advice

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi dissolved the National Assembly on the advice of Prime Minister Imran Khan as the PTI government evaded the no-confidence motion against the premier.

Just as the session of the National Assembly started, former law and information minister Fawad Chaudhry read out Article 5 of the Constitution and accused the Opposition of “disloyalty to the state.”

The former minister apprised the National Assembly about an “international conspiracy” to topple the democratically-elected government in Pakistan.

Fawad said in a normal situation, a no-confidence motion was moved under article 95 of the Constitution, but in this case, he requested the chair to invoke article 5(1) of the Constitution which stated “loyalty to the state is the basic duty of every citizen” while keeping in view the fact that it was being moved under an “international conspiracy”.

The minister told the house that on March 7, Pakistan’s ambassador was summoned to an official meeting by a country — which PM Imran Khan has said was the United States — with the team of note-takers and was informed that a no-trust motion would be moved against the prime minister.

On March 8, he said the motion was submitted against the prime minister to the National Assembly Secretariat.

The minister said it was unfortunate that the regime change plot was being carried out at the behest of foreign elements under a conspiracy, adding that some of the government allies and PTI members also joined the plan.

“It is not the matter of no-confidence, it is a blatant violation of Article 5(1) of the Constitution,” he said putting a question before the House on whether foreign assistance could be taken for regime change in Pakistan?

“There should be a ruling on Article 5 (1),” he requested the chair.

At this, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri termed the no-confidence motion against the premier “unconstitutional”, saying that it was backed by “foreign powers”.

The deputy speaker then quickly disallowed voting on the no-trust motion and adjourned the session for an indefinite time — inviting strong criticism from the Opposition.

Get ready for elections: PM Imran Khan

PM Imran Khan — addressing the nation shortly after the session’s adjournment — sought fresh elections and asked Pakistanis to gear up for the polls as the Opposition lashed out at the government’s act of dismissing the motion as “unconstitutional”.

PM Imran Khan’s brief public address was telecast live, where he said he was pleased with the NA deputy speaker’s ruling and congratulated the nation on the development.

“The NA speaker has rejected the move intended at changing the regime and I congratulate the entire nation on it […] Pakistan came into existence on 27th Ramzan, and this nation will not let such a conspiracy get successful.”

He said that the NA deputy speaker made the decision using his constitutional right. “In a democratic society, the democrats look towards people, elections are held, and people decide who they want as the ruler.”

The prime minister said that all the money spent on “buying loyalties” will get wasted. He told the masses that whoever has taken this money still has the chance to spend it on charity.

“No foreign power or any corrupt elements, but only you have to decide for this country.”

He said that as soon as assemblies will be dissolved, the process of a caretaker government will start.

Later, while addressing the former parliamentarians, the prime minister, who will continue to remain in office under Article 224 till the appointment of a caretaker PM, said: “I told you, people, last evening to not worry. The Opposition is still confused as to what has happened to them.”

Pakistan Army responds

In response to the political turmoil, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar told Geo News the military has nothing to do with what happened today.

Replying to a question regarding the involvement of the Army in the political developments of the day, the DG ISPR bluntly denied any sort of involvement and said: “absolutely not”.

SC moved; Shabaz says PM committed ‘high treason’

As a result of the dissolution of the assembly, fresh elections will be held within 90 days in line with the Constitution of Pakistan. Not wasting time after the setback, the Opposition moved Supreme Court and the court itself took suo moto notice of the political crisis.

Opposition Leader in the NA and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, who was the front-runner to replace Imran Khan if he were removed, called the parliamentary block “nothing short of high treason”.

“There will be consequences for blatant & brazen violation of the Constitution,” Sharif said on Twitter, hoping the Supreme Court would play a role to uphold the Constitution.

Later, while speaking to Geo News, the Opposition leader said Imran Khan and his followers want to “distort” the face of democracy and the deputy speaker “tore apart” the constitution.

‘Ready for everything’

“Neither will he play nor let anyone else play,” Shahbaz said on the prime minister’s act of getting the no-confidence motion against him dismissed.

But the PML-N president said the top court does not rule in their favour of declaring the government’s move unconstitutional, they would gear up for elections.

Similarly, former president Asif Ali Zardari termed the NA deputy speaker’s step “unconstitutional” and now, it was up to the courts to decide on the matter.

“If they want it so bad, then we are ready for elections, we are ready for everything,” the ex-president and PPP co-chairperson told journalists at the Parliament House.

No-confidence motion against NA speaker

Before the session took place, a delegation of Opposition lawmakers submitted a no-trust motion against National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser in the NA Secretariat.

More than 100 lawmakers from the Opposition parties signed the no-confidence motion, including PML-N’s Ayaz Sadiq, PPP’s Khursheed Shah and Naveed Qamar, and JUI-F’s Shahida Akhtar Ali.

“[…] the resolution for removal from office of the Speaker, Mr Asad Qaiser under paragraph © of clause (7) of Article 53 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, read with Rule 12 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, 2077,” the document read.

Opposition has its own session

But despite the deputy speaker adjourning the proceedings, the Opposition sat in the National Assembly and debated over the no-confidence motion, with ex-speaker and PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq charing the session.

Another stunt that the government pulled off was switching off the lights of the lower house of parliament, which seemed like an attempt to either disrupt their political activity or to send them out of the premises.

A total of 197 Opposition members voted in favour of the no-confidence motion.

Legal experts term move illegal

Legal experts Muneeb Farooq, Salman Akram Raja, Salaar Khan, Reema Omar, and Saroop Ijaz termed the government’s move to use Article 5 for dismissing the no-confidence motion unconstitutional.

“When a [no trust] motion has been tabled and when the attorney general has told the court that voting will go through, then this [move] seems to be a disregard of constitutional provisions,” Ijaz told Geo.tv.

Advocate Khan said to address the rather “flaccid argument”, if votes were bought or sold, the remedy is in the Constitution — disqualification of the defecting member.

“Despite what overnight constitutional experts may say, it doesn’t give you license to chuck the Constitution out the window,” the legal expert added.

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Punjabi bakers decide to charge Rs. 15 for “roti.”

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The bread, known as roti, will be sold for Rs 15 by the bakers association.

During their discussion, the association promised Food Minister Bilal Yasin that the rate of roti will be reduced.

The minister was there when Association President Aftab Gul recorded a video message committing to sell rotis for Rs15 each.

According to him, the administration decided to lower the rate of flour. He continued, saying that the group was supporting the government hand in hand to stop inflation.

The price of flour has been drastically lowered, according to Food Minister Bilal, to help the populace. He stated, “the government aimed at providing quality and affordable bread to the masses.”

He said that the recent reduction of Rs 1,200 in the price of flour was the biggest drop in the commodity’s prices in the nation’s history.

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Day four of the AJK inflation protest begins as talks come to a standstill.

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Following the collapse of talks between the Awami Action Committee and the AJK government on Sunday, the shutdown strike and protests in Azad Kashmir over rising flour and energy costs started their fourth day on Monday.

The ongoing shutdown and wheeljam strike would continue until their demands are fulfilled, according to the Awami Action Committee.

AAC-led march on state capital Muzaffarabad today has brought the valley to a near stop. The caravans are coming from many AJK cities, and they are headed towards Rawalakot. The march is being caused by the impasse in the negotiations.

Reportedly, the demonstrators have blocked the 40-kilometer Kohala–Muzaffarabad Road, which connects Kohala Town and Muzaffarabad, multiple times.

Traffic on main thoroughfares and roads has decreased, and large police contingents have been stationed at strategic points and roundabouts.

After fighting broke out between the police and demonstrators in Mirpur on Saturday, which left one policeman dead and numerous others injured, the AJK government dispatched Rangers.

Everything is completely suspended, including internet and cellular services, business, and education.

Under the pretext of talks, Awami Action Committee leader Sardar Umar Nazir Kashmiri has charged that the administration is using deceptive methods.

Apart from the flour subsidy, he continues, the administration will not budge on any other demand.

CONVENE MEETINGS, PRESIDENT, PM

All parties involved have been asked by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Zardari to use moderation and engage in discussions to find a solution. According to both, the demonstrators in Azad Kashmir should have their legitimate demands met.

The issue in AJK will be the topic of a significant meeting that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is calling today, Monday.

The skirmishes between the demonstrators and the AJK police caused anxiety for the premier on Sunday.

Speaking with Chaudhry Anwarul Haq, the prime minister of AJK, he said he also gave the office-bearers of the All-Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in AJK instructions to speak with the leaders of the Awami Action Committee.

Olive Branch is offered by AJK PM.

Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Chaudhry Anwarul Haq stated on Sunday that his administration was ready to lessen the burden of exorbitant grain and energy costs.

Regarding Saturday’s meetings with the demonstrators, Prime Minister Haq declared, “We are determined to implement the agreement we have reached with the Awami Action Committee.”

Politicians, according to Haq, have found solutions to issues through discussion and “we are ready to talk with the Awami Action Committee at any level and the demands related to the government of Pakistan will be raised before the federation.”

In order to ease the burden of rising flour and power prices, he also expressed a willingness to modify the development budget if needed.

The AJK prime minister stated that his government’s first priority was ensuring public safety, and he further stated that no force was applied to the demonstrators.

Sub-inspector Adnan Qureshi was killed in a confrontation with demonstrators in Mirpur, and hundreds of people attended his funeral on Monday.

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Today’s National Assembly session is scheduled.

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The National Assembly (NA) will meet today (Monday) at the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari.

At 4:00 p.m., the National Assembly will convene in the federal capital at Parliament House. The meeting’s agenda has been released by the assembly secretariat.

As per Article 54(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the President has the authority to call a session of the National Assembly.

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