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No elections sans reforms: Fazl

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Pakistan Democratic Movement Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman Monday said National Assembly (NA) Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri had pushed the country towards the constitutional crisis.

Addressing a press conference, he claimed that the NA deputy speaker at the whim of Prime Minister Imran Khan crossed his constitutional parameters and gave an illegal ruling without consulting the opposition parties.

He said on the basis of this invalid ruling, Prime Minister Imran Khan dissolved the NA which later also approved by President Dr Arif Alvi.

Maulana Fazl appealed the apex court to declare the NA deputy speaker’s ruling ultra vires and allow members of lower house of the parliament to use their legitimate right to vote either in favor or against the no confidence motion and above all the parliamentarian should be given the chance to elect the prime minister of their own choice.

He said the majority of legislators believed in that the general elections 2018 were rigged and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) formed the government on the basis of fake results.

He said before holding next elections, the electoral reforms should be introduced in a bid to address the loopholes in the present system.

Maulana Fazl said Imran Khan was trying to hide behind a baseless letter on which the security committee had categorically stated that there were no signs of foreign hands in the no confidence motion against the prime minister.

Earlier, terming the move of dissolving National Assembly (NA) unconstitutional Fazl-ur-Rahman said after the placement of no confidence motion, Prime Minister Imran Khan had no legal right to break the assembly.

He also made it clear that former NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri had given an illegitimate ruling against the no confidence motion in the wake of an irrelevant letter and by quoting the reference of former NA Speaker Asad Qaiser.

He said the Opposition parties had also submitted a ‘no trust motion’ against Asad Qaiser in the Parliament. Maulana Fazl said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan had pushed the country towards the new political crisis.

He said that the Opposition had repeatedly informed the nation that Imran Khan had entered in the corridors of power through illegal means and ran away in the same way.

He said the nation had never experienced such an insanity particularly from a responsible position in the history. The Prime Minister had left the dictators behind with this illegal act, he said adding that he had not lost but run away from the humiliation.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.