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NA session on no-trust motion adjourned till Sunday

Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri adjourns session after opposition protests

The decisive National Assembly session to hold debate on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, which resumed following a three-day recess on Thursday, was adjourned just minutes after it began today.

Presiding over the session, Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, adjourned the session till 11:30am on Sunday.

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At the onset of the session, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan moved a motion seeking to adjourn the session and use the assembly hall for the meeting of Parliamentary Committee on National Security, set to be held at 6:00pm. The motion was rejected after voting.

Consequently, the deputy speaker opened the floor for questions, but the opposition lawmakers insisted that a vote on the no-confidence motion be called today. Suri adjourned the session till Sunday after he termed the opposition’s attitude as “non-serious”.

The resolution against the embattled premier was tabled by the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on March 28 tabled the resolution against PM Khan when it was approved for debate the very same day.

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Yesterday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that the premier had made the decision to present a ‘secret letter’ – which allegedly contains details of a “foreign conspiracy” to oust his government – during an in-camera session of the parliament. However, he did not give a date for when such a session would be called.

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