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EditorialTaking battle to the assembly floor

Taking battle to the assembly floor

The Supreme Court has, for all right reasons, asked both the opposition and the treasury to keep their fight inside the parliament, instead of roaring on roads or looking towards the court. Since the day, the opposition parties have joined hands to remove Prime Minister Imran Khan from his seat, they are trying to materialize this idea. On the other hand, the government having control over the affairs of the National Assembly delayed convening the National Assembly session. Two documents were filed on March 8, one in order for the requisition of the National Assembly session and another to call for a no-confidence motion against the prime minister. According to the constitution, the speaker is bound to call for a session within two weeks of filing the request. After the session is called, the secretary will circulate a notice for no-confidence and voting will take place in the next three to seven days.

Speaker Asad Qaiser has announced that the session for the no-confidence motion will be convened on March 25, two days after the OIC summit. The reason seems justified, there were renovations going on ahead of the OIC moot. He also explained that for the session, he had asked for the Senate chambers, but the senate secretariat informed him that renovations will be taking place over there as well.

Meanwhile, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari threatened the government by saying that if the vote does not take place, the opposition will surely disrupt the OIC summit. Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif seconded his fellow nemesis of Imran Khan.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi replied to the PDM and the PPP partnership by saying that such threats are degenerative for Pakistan as a state as the conference is not something being done for the PTI government but it is an honour for the Pakistani state. Later, the opposition has retracted Bhutto-Zardari’s statement by saying that the OIC session in Islamabad is a source of pride for the opposition leadership and it would not do anything to disrupt the moot. Imran Khan may not have been the best prime minister and he may have failed to keep many pre-election promises. However, what the PDM and PPP joint force is doing is not in the interest of the country in any way possible.

The PPP and the PML-N have had their time and the people were not happy with their government either. What the Supreme Court has said, should be taken seriously by both sides, and should call off their rallies convened in March 27. The final fight should be fought inside the parliament and during general elections, whenever they are held.

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