PESHAWAR: With another session of the provincial assembly set to be convened next week, the chief government spokesperson on Tuesday submitted a resolution in the assembly secretariat demanding that a case should be registered against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif under Article 6 of the Constitution for his comments regarding the Mumbai attacks.
The resolution, filed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Minister for Information and Public Relations Shah Farman, asserted that a treason case should be lodged against Nawaz for risking Pakistan’s sovereignty in a recent newspaper interview.
It added that the deposed premier had attempted to tarnish the image of Pakistan for his own benefit.
Farman demanded in the resolution that the federal government completely ban Nawaz’s interviews and statements in all media formats.
The resolution follows two FIRs registered against Nawaz in Jhelum on Monday and a condemnation from the National Security Council.
Another no-confidence motion
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have submitted another resolution of no-confidence against the assembly speaker Asad Qaiser.
PPP lawmaker and former K-P minister for mines Ziaullah Afridi submitted the resolution against Qaiser in the assembly secretariat.
Afridi, who had left PTI to join the PPP, had already submitted an identical resolution on May 5. Despite that, a session of the assembly has yet to be convened to take up the motion.
In the resolution, Afridi states that Qaiser does not enjoy the support of the majority in the assembly anymore, which is why they have submitted the resolution and he should take a vote of confidence from the house now.
The resolution has been submitted under the sub-clause (C) of clause Article 53 read with Article 127 of the Constitution of Pakistan and sub-rule 1 of Rule 11 of the rules and procedures of K-P Assembly.
The K-P government has summoned the session of K-P Assembly on May 22, and the resolution will become the top item of the agenda if the session is held.
Qaiser and the entire PTI government is currently walking on eggshells after the party accused 18 lawmakers of selling their votes during the Senate elections.
The PTI has 58 lawmakers in the 124 member house, short of the 62 it needs to attain the majority on any vote. By accusing 18 lawmakers, it reduced its effective strength to just 40.
The party also expelled eight of those lawmakers, making sure that they would have no recourse in the assembly.
Moreover, the PTI’s coalition partner, the Jamaat-e-Islami quit the government earlier in the month, leaving the party without those seven seats as well.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2018.