Rumors are rife that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has fired Army Chief Kamar Bajwa in the face of a no-confidence vote. However, the country’s popular media Geo News quoted various sources as saying that Imran Khan has denied such allegations.
Meanwhile, Reuters quoted two sources as saying on Saturday night that Pakistan’s army chief Kamar Jabed Bajwa had met Prime Minister Imran Khan amid a stalemate over a no-confidence motion in the National Assembly.
Earlier, a group of opposition lawmakers led by Prime Ministerial candidate Shahbaz Sharif had appealed to the country’s speaker to ensure a no-confidence vote. Opposition leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif also tweeted a call for a speedy vote.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the ministers and MPs of the ruling PTI party to prolong their speeches in order to delay the no-confidence vote. According to Geo TV, the ministers have been instructed by the apex court to speak for at least three hours. As a result, it is not possible to say for sure whether there will be a vote on the no-confidence motion. It is learned that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi presented the rest of his speech at the beginning of the session.
Parliament decided in the afternoon that the no-confidence vote would be held after 6 pm local time. Earlier, the speaker of parliament, Asad Kaiser, had spent hours in the session, but did not allow the no-confidence vote to begin. Meanwhile, the session was adjourned till 10:30 pm even though the session was held after Iftar and Maghrib prayers in the hustle and bustle of government and opposition MP ministers.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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