ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif Thursday said that the NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri once again failed to follow the constitutional procedure by calling the debate session on the no-confidence motion off.
Addressing a press conference flanked by other joint Opposition leaders, including PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Shahbaz said that when the deputy speaker saw that the members of the Parliament wanted to vote against the premier, “he ran away.”
He further said that the entire nation saw that 172 Opposition members were present in the house, however, the deputy speaker did not allow the voting. “The whole country is shocked, including the judiciary,” he maintained.
Today, as per the agenda of the National Assembly, a debate session was to be held on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan after which — according to the law — the speaker has to hold voting within four days.
The Opposition leader further added that he, along with Bilawal, went to the NA secretary after the deputy speaker adjourned the session till April 3.
“The secretary informed us that the decision regarding not holding the debate related to the no-confidence motion was taken by the deputy speaker,” Shahbaz said.