Opposition agrees to withdraw no-confidence motion against NA deputy speaker

The Nation  |  Jun 17, 2021

The Joint Opposition has decided to withdraw its no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Qasim Suri.

According to sources, the Opposition has accepted the government's request and will submit an application today (Thursday) to withdraw the motion against Suri.

The opposition also demanded the Speaker to form a committee in the National Assembly. In response, Asad Qaiser said that a parliamentary committee will be constituted on the legislation.

A detailed discussion took place between the government and the opposition in the meeting chaired by the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser.

The meeting was attended by the federal ministers Pervaiz Khattak, Asad Umar, Fawad Chaudhry, Ali Muhammad Khan, Amir Dogar from the government side while Rana Sanaullah, Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Tanveer from the PML-N and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Shazia Murree from the PPP.

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The National Assembly sessions over the past three days have been marred by brawls and exchanges of abuse between the government and opposition lawmakers. 

The former prime minister and PPP leader Raja Pervez Ashraf said during today's session of the National Assembly, the Opposition had submitted a no-confidence motion against the deputy speaker to register its protest. 

In response, the speaker said the honor of the leader of the house, the leader of the Opposition, and every lawmaker will be upheld. 

"Action will be taken against anyone who uses unparliamentary language," he said. 

PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb confirmed the Opposition's move to retract from filing a no-confidence motion against Suri, adding that the Opposition will now target the speaker. 

She said the Opposition had taken back the motion against the deputy speaker to submit a no-confidence motion against Speaker Asad Qaiser.

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It is pertinent to mention here that last week, the Opposition had filed a no-confidence motion against Suri at the National Assembly Secretariat.

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