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‘If no-trust succeeds, PM will hold office until new leader elected’

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid on Saturday revealed that even if the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan succeeds, he will continue to hold office until a new leader is sworn in.

At a media talk in Islamabad, he referred to Article 94 of the constitution – related to the prime minister continuing in office – which states, “The President may ask the Prime Minister to continue to hold office until his successor enters upon the office of Prime Minister.”

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Rashid pointed out that the constitution was silent on how long the process of electing a new leader of the lower house should take after a no-trust vote succeeds.

The opposition, last month, tabled a no-trust motion against PM Imran in the National Assembly. The voting on the motion is expected to take place on Sunday after the previous session was adjourned.

Rashid touted that the no-confidence move was a “foreign conspiracy” and accused the opposition of being a part of it. “They should be charged for treason,” he demanded.

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He proposed three options to counter the motion. “First and foremost, the establishment should intervene and call for early elections immediately either after Ramazan or Haj.”

The next option, the minister said, was that the three main parties – PML-N, PPP, and JUI-F – that brought the motion, should be banned and an inquiry should be initiated against them.

Rashid’s third option was an advice to PTI members. “Resign from all the assemblies.”

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