Pakistan political crisis updates: No-confidence motion cannot be rejected, says CJP as SC postpones verdict

Islamabad: The political crisis in Pakistan continued on Tuesday as opposition leaders raged against the blocking of a no confidence motion and the subsequent dissolution of the parliament. While the country’s Chief Justice said on Monday that the speaker cannot reject the no-confidence motion even if he refers to Article 5 of the constitution, the Supreme Court of Pakistan is yet to deliver a verdict.

While the Cabinet has been dissolved, and a government notification on Sunday indicated that Imran Khan was no longer the Prime Minister, a caretaker premier is yet to be appointed. Former Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Hussain had said last week that a snap parliamentary election would be held within 90 days.

Here are the latest updates:

  • Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf resigned on Monday. “Today, I leave extremely satisfied and content, most of all because I know that the NSA’s office and the NSD are vibrant institutions with an exceptional team that will continue to make Pakistan proud,” he tweeted.
  • Pakistan Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that even if the speaker of the National Assembly cites Article 5 of the Constitution, the no-confidence motion cannot be rejected. “Does the speaker not have any option to reject the no-trust motion? Are you saying that the speaker dishonestly rejected the no-confidence motion?” Bandial was quoted as saying by The News International newspaper.