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Opposition fumes as NA speaker delays no-trust motion against PM Imran

09:54 AM | 25 Mar, 2022
Opposition fumes as NA speaker delays no-trust motion against PM Imran
Source: @NAofPakistan (Twitter)

ISLAMABAD – The 41st session of the National Assembly, which was considered significant as the no-confidence motion was part of its agenda, was adjourned till March 28 after offering fateha for deceased parliamentarians.

With NA Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair, the session began with the recitation of Holy Quran.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri offered Fateha for PTI’s deceased MNA from Hangu, Khayal Zaman, martyrs of Peshawar mosque blast and others.

Later, the speaker adjourned the hearing till 4pm on Monday.

Following the adjournment of the sessions, opposition leaders lashed out the NA speaker for using delaying tactics in tabling the no-trust resolution against the prime minister. 

"NA Speaker continues to trample upon constitutional provisions. This partisan behaviour does not suit the custodian of the House. Adjournment of NA session is part of desperate efforts to disrupt no-confidence process. U cannot stop the inevitable through such underhand tactics!" he wrote on Twitter. 

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the speaker is using weak excuses to delay the no-confidence.

"Speaker provided another weak excuses to avoid tabling no confidence motion in National Assembly today. Imran can’t run forever. PM has no sportsman sprit and cannot face defeat with grace. The once great Kaptaan will go down like a rat on a sinking ship," Bilawa said. 

The NA secretariat had issued a 15-point agenda for first day of the 41st session which also included the no-trust motion.

It mentioned the no-trust motion, saying: "That leave be granted to move resolution for vote of no-confidence under Article 95(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, read with rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, against Mr. Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan."

The document added the vote of no-confidence against the prime minister would be moved "if leave is granted."

The Opposition has been expressing its confidence to achieve the required numbers for the success of the no-confidence motion against the premier as several ruling party MNAs have joined the Opposition.

 “This House is of the view that the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Imran Khan, has lost the confidence of the majority of the members of the National Assembly of Pakistan; therefore he should cease to hold office," read the text of the resolution.

The 14-day constitutional deadline as per Article 54(3) to summon the National Assembly session on the Opposition requisition expired on March 21.

The NA secretariat in a statement said that the session will be summoned on March 25 due to the two-day 48th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad, which was held on March 22-23.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 April 2024

Pakistani currency continues to gain against US Dollar and other currencies on April 18, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.2 for buying and 280.3 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.2 280.3
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25  345.65 
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25  75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.63 747.63
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.32 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.42 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.76

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