ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science & Technology Fawad Hussain Chaudhry on Tuesday demanded from the opposition to withdraw the no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Suri.
“After every two months you take such steps that rises political bitterness, and when you fail, you start campaigning against institutions, which is not a good behaviour,” Fawad Chaudhry tweeted.
اپوزیشن ڈپٹی اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی قاسم سوری کیخلاف تحریک عدم اعتماد واپس لے ، ہر دو ماہ بعد آپ ایک ایسا اقدام لیتے ہیں جس سے سیاسی تلخی میں اضافہ ہوتا ہے اور جب آپ ناکام ہوتے ہیں تو اداروں کیخلاف مہم جوئ شروع کر دیتے ہیں یہ مناسب رویہ نہیں۔
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 12, 2019
The opposition on November 8 had tabled no-confidence motion against Qasim Suri under Rule 12 (removal of the speaker or the deputy speaker) of the Rules and Procedure and Conduct of Business, 2007 and Article 53(7)(c) of the Constitution.
The resolution stated that Qasim Suri violated the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business and lost confidence of the NA majority. The deputy speaker was accused of biased behavior.
The voting will presumably be held on Thursday or Friday this week.
The opposition possesses support of 155 parliamentarians whereas the government and its allies consist of 184 members. Secret balloting will be held.
The Article 53(7)(c) of the Constitution states, “The office of Speaker or Deputy Speaker shall become vacant if he is removed from office by a resolution of the Assembly, of which not less than seven days notice has been given and which is passed by the votes of the majority of the total membership of the Assembly.”
The election tribunal of the Balochistan High Court on September 27 declared election of the National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri null and void and ordered a re-election in his constituency, NA-265 (Quetta – II).
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader was elected on the NA seat in 2018. Later, he was elected as the deputy speaker of the National Assembly.
Balochistan National Party leader Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani had challenged the poll alleging that he had rigged the election. He had accused that over half of the votes in NA-265 election were rigged, therefore the poll was invalid.