Imran Khan no-trust vote: Pakistan President Arif Alvi dissolved the National Assembly on Pakistan on April 3, 2022, on the advice of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Elections are now expected in Pakistan in the next 90 days.

Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan in his address to the nation had earlier said that he has advised President Arif Alvi to dissolve all assemblies, following which an official notification was issued by President Arif Alvi.

“I have written to the President to dissolve the legislatures. Elections should be held democratically. I call upon the people of Pakistan to prepare for elections.” Imran Khan said in his live address.

It was declared unconstitutional and in conflict with Article 5 of the Constitution after Pakistan National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri rejected a no-confidence motion against Pakistan PM Imran Khan.

Imran Khan called the no-confidence motion against him a foreign conspiracy. He said that Pakistan should decide who should rule over them. He said he was given three options before the trust vote – resign, hold early elections or face a no-confidence motion.

PPP President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the government has violated the Constitution by not allowing voting on the no-confidence motion.

Pakistan Supreme Court takes note of the dissolution of the National Assembly

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has reportedly taken suo motu cognizance of the dissolution of the National Assembly by President Arif Alvi on April 3, 2022. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan is holding a consultation meeting with fellow judges at his residence.

Pakistan political turmoil

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has reportedly lost support in the lower house of the legislature, the Pakistan National Assembly, and the support of the Pakistani military.

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lost its majority in the National Assembly after losing its key ally in the coalition, Muttahida Quami Movement Pakistan (MQM-P). The MQM announced on March 30 that it had reached an agreement with the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and would support a no-confidence motion against Imran Khan in the 342-member National Assembly.

Pakistan National Assembly

Currently, Imran Khan’s PTI has 149 seats, Pakistan Muslim League has 82 seats, Pakistan People’s Party has 54 seats, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal has 15 seats and Muttahida Quami Movement has 7 seats. The Pakistan Muslim League and Balochistan Awami Party have 5 seats. Each and Balochistan National Party has 4 seats in the 342-member Pakistan National Assembly.

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