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Rasheed sees solution to political crisis in ‘mass resignations’

Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed said that the current political situation could be handled if mass resignations were given from the treasury benches.

The minister made these comments after being restored as a cabinet member after the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement against National Assembly deputy speaker’s April 3 ruling.

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He said that he was the one who had been suggesting three months back that assemblies should be dissolved, resignations should be put up or if there is a dire need for it, then emergency or governor’s rule should be imposed.

Moreover, he assured that he would stand by his decision of mass resignations. While criticizing the opposition, he said that people should take to the streets as the opposition was compromising Pakistan’s foreign policy.

On the other hand, after the historic Supreme Court judgment, which gave the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government a major setback, Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to fight for Pakistan “till the last ball”.

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In a tweet, PM Khan announced that he would address the nation once again this evening (Friday). His statement read:

“I have called a cabinet mtg [sic] tomorrow as well as our parliamentary party meeting, and tomorrow evening I will address the nation. My message to our nation is I have always and will continue to fight for Pakistan till the last ball.”

Supreme Court of Pakistan has declared the ruling of the National Assembly deputy speaker wherein the no-confidence motion against the prime minister was rejected as unconstitutional.

The decision of the Supreme Court was a unanimous ruling by the five-member bench, which declared National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri’s ruling to reject the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan as unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court has also declared the subsequent dissolution of the National Assembly by the president as unconstitutional, and that the prime minister was not in the legal right to write a letter to the president.

The Supreme Court also declared the advice to the president for dissolution of the National Assembly as unconstitutional.

The apex court has nullified all the decisions made till date since the NA deputy speaker’s ruling.

The Supreme Court has ordered National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser to call a session of the National Assembly on April 9 for voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The court further stated that if the no-confidence motion succeeded, then the assembly would appoint a new prime minister.

Meanwhile, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday said that the “unfortunate verdict of the Supreme Court (SC) had exacerbated the political crisis in Pakistan”.

Fawad Chaudhry said in a Twitter message that political stability was possible only through fresh elections and that the SC had completely neglected the importance of the nation in the verdict.

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