Speaker Dismisses No-Confidence Motion Under Article 5

Speaker Dismisses No-Confidence Motion Under Article 5
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri has dismissed the no-trust move against Prime Minister Imran Khan on the grounds that it violates Article 5 of the Constitution after Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry claimed the motion was part of a 'foreign conspiracy' against the prime minister.

Article 5 states "Loyalty to the State is the basic duty of every citizen" and "Obedience to the Constitution and law is the [inviolable] obligation of every citizen wherever he may be and of every other person for the time being within Pakistan."

At the beginning of the session, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry alleged that the no-confidence motion was an attempt at 'regime change' by a foreign government.

"On March 7, our official ambassador was invited to a meeting attended by the representatives of other countries. The meeting was told that a motion against PM Imran was being presented," he said, noting that this occurred a day before the opposition formally filed the no-trust move.

"We were told that relations with Pakistan were dependent on the success of the no-confidence motion. We were told that if the motion fails, then Pakistan's path would be very difficult. This is an operation for a regime change by a foreign government," he claimed.

Following the session, Pakistan People Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal said that the party would stage a sit-in at the National Assembly until the no-confidence vote is held.