Punjab Assembly session adjourned till June 6 without tabling of no-trust motion against speaker

01:51 PM | 22 May, 2022
Punjab Assembly session adjourned till June 6 without tabling of no-trust motion against speaker
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LAHORE – The much-anticipated session of the Punjab Assembly with a no-confidence motion on the agenda was adjourned till June 6 without tabling of the resolution.

Punjab Assembly session was called to take up no-confidence motions against the speaker Pervaiz Elahi and the deputy speaker was adjourned forthwith. The session was scheduled to start at 12:30 pm but was firstly delayed for nearly two hours and when it started lasted for only a few minutes.

Reports in the media suggest that merely 26 lawmakers were present in the House when the session, presided over by Panel of Chairman Wasim Khan Badozai, was put off.

Voting on the no-confidence motions was on the agenda of today’s session which was marred by delay and a face-off between ruling and opposition lawmakers outside the assembly.

Earlier in the day, law enforcers ensured foolproof security measures on the assembly premises, and all the outsiders were barred from entering the house.

Law enforcers took over the building of the Punjab Assembly and personnel have been deployed at all entrances of the house ahead of the session.

It has not been confirmed who issued stern instructions however the PML-N alleged that these orders were issued by PML-Q’s Pervaiz Elahi, saying only the speaker has the authority to make such decisions.

Following the brief restriction to enter, members from both sides of the aisle have started reaching Punjab Assembly.

Earlier, police carried out an operation to stop the meeting of the Punjab Assembly and DG parliamentary affairs Rai Mumtaz Hussain was arrested. Residences of Secretary Assembly Muhammad Khan Bhatti and Secretary Coordination Inayatullah Luck were also raided, per reports.

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