Dawood Ahmed :
ISLAMABAD: The much-anticipated national assembly session regarding the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister, Imran Khan adjourned till March 28 on Friday. The no-confidence motion could not be tabled during the session.
The ruling PTI’s Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Shireen Mazari, Asad Umar, and Ali Muhammad Khan were among those attending the session, as well as Grand Democratic Alliance’s Dr. Fehmida Mirza.
From the opposition ranks, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, and PPP co-chair Asif Ali Zardari was also present.
Reportedly, over 150 opposition lawmakers and around 50 treasury members attended the session. However, the exact numbers could not be ascertained.
Fateha offered for former President Rafique Tarar and others
The session began with the recitation of the Holy Quran and prayers for late MNA Khayal Zaman, former president Rafiq Tarar and Senator Rehman Malik. However, NA speaker Asad Qaiser announced that it would be adjourned in light of the parliamentary convention.
It is a parliamentary convention that the first sitting after the death of an MNA is limited to prayers for the soul of the departed and tributes fellow lawmakers wish to pay them.
Qaiser stated that according to tradition, the agenda is deferred to the next day when a member of the lower house passes. “This has happened for years,” he said, adding that this had happened a total of 24 times in the past.
He once again asserted that he would conduct proceedings “as per rules and procedures” after which he adjourned the session till 4 pm on March 28.