ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has summoned the session of the National Assembly on March 25 at 11 am at the request of the opposition parties who have filed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In a statement issued by the National Assembly Secretariat on Sunday, the NA speaker summoned the session using powers granted to him under Article 54(3) and Article 254.
In his order, the speaker said that due to renovations at the Parliament House ahead of the OIC moot, no suitable place would be available to hold the session before March 24.
“After the receipt of requisition on March 8, the National Assembly Secretariat requested the Senate Secretariat to provide Chamber of the Senate for holding of National Assembly session. The Senate Secretariat informed that the Senate chamber is also not available being under renovation.”
Qaiser further said the CDA chairman and Islamabad deputy commissioner were also approached for an alternate arrangement outside the Parliament House but that also remained an exercise in futility.
“Having no adequate option available whatsoever, for holding of the Session of the National Assembly before March 24….in the exercise of powers conferred upon me under Clause (3) of Article 54 of Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan read with Article 254…I hereby summon the session…on the first available date i.e. Friday…at the Parliament House, Islamabad,” the order issued by the speaker read.
According to Article 54, a session of the National Assembly can be requisitioned if at least 25% of the members sign it, following which the speaker has a maximum of 14 days to summon the session. Once the assembly was in session, the rules say, the secretary will circulate a notice for the no-confidence resolution, which will be moved on the next working day.
From the day the resolution is moved, the rules add, it “shall not be voted upon before the expiry of three days, or later than seven days”. Therefore, the experts say, the speaker must call the lower house in session by March 22, while voting on the no-confidence motion must take place between three and seven days after the session is summoned.