Army ‘absolutely not’ part of NA shock

Army spokesperson responds to question whether Pak Army was aware of what happened during National Assembly session

Our Correspondent April 03, 2022
DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi. PHOTO: ISPR/FILE


The military rushed to dissociate itself from the events of Sunday’s National Assembly session, affirming that it was “absolutely not” part of the move to dismiss the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan.

“The army has nothing to do with what happened in the National Assembly today,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Babar Iftikhar told a private TV channel. “Absolutely not,” he reiterated in response to a question about whether the army was aware of the events that unfolded in the lower house of Parliament.

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Earlier in the day, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri dismissed the no-confidence motion submitted by the joint opposition to dislodge the prime minister, terming it “unconstitutional” under Article 5 of the Constitution.

Suri, who was chairing the session in the absence of Speaker Asad Qaiser, said the resolution could not be voted upon because it was “supported by a foreign power” and violated the Article 5, which deals with loyalty to the state and obedience to the Constitution.


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