No-confidence motion against Speaker Punjab Assembly dismissed on technical grounds
As lawmakers of Punjab Assembly were unable to enter due to police, the no-confidence motion against Speaker Pervez Elahi was scuttled on technical grounds by Panel of Chairs, as no member of the PML-N could present it against him.
The session of the Punjab Assembly was presided over by Chairman Panel Wasim Khan Badozai and it was adjourned till June 6 shortly after the commencement of the sitting.
The Punjab Assembly session lasted only 9 minutes. No-confidence motion against the Speaker was dismissed on technical grounds.
Earlier, strict security arrangements were made for today’s session of the Punjab Assembly and a heavy contingent of police was deployed while Assembly employees were also barred from entering the premises of the House.
In PML-N’s meeting before session, it was decided that in the first phase 15 to 20 members would go to the Punjab Assembly while sources said that members of the coalition parties would go to the assembly along with the media as there were reports of presence of unauthorised individuals in the assembly.
Punjab Police erected barricades at various places on the Mall Road and blocked the roads leading to the Punjab Assembly from the Chief Minister’s House and Iqbal House, while the roads leading to the Assembly from the Mall Road were also closed.
PML-N leader Attaullah Tarar had told the media that the doors of the assembly have been closed on the orders of Pervez Elahi, MPAs and media were not allowed to enter the provincial assembly.
“Speaker Pervaiz Elahi has brought goons from Gujrat,” he claimed, adding that “some people” were brought to the House yesterday night.
Ata Tarar further said that he has ‘made it a habbit’ to violate the sanctity of the House, a no-confidence motion has been filed against him and it is mandatory to convene a meeting within 7 days after presenting no-confidence motion under the constitution.
Pakistan Peoples Party parliamentary leader Syed Hassan Murtaza said that only PTI members were being allowed to enter the assembly.
He alleged that such methods were being used to ensure that a “mishap” could occur so that there would be grounds to disqualify lawmakers.
Speaker Punjab Assembly Pervez Elahi said that at present there is no government, the assembly has been closed at the request of “father and son duo.”
He also warned that those police officials who obstruct proceedings were risking Article 6 treason cases.
Earlier, a statement issued by the Provincial Assembly Secretariat stated that the agenda of the meeting was to present a no-confidence motion against Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervez Elahi and Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari.
PTI and PML-Q submitted the no-trust motion against PA Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari, while PML-N submitted the motion against PA Speaker Elahi under Article 127 of the Constitution of Pakistan.