• Sat. Jan 28th, 2023

Punjab Assembly can’t be dissolved tomorrow, says Speaker Sibtain Khan


Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan talking to media persons outside Punjab Assembly in Lahore on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. — PPI
 Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan talking to media persons outside Punjab Assembly in Lahore on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. — PPI
  • PA speaker says no-confidence motion will move to first week of January.
  • “Governor cannot call new session while one is already in progress.”
  • Sibtain Khan says everyone should work within their constitutional framework.

As the political situation intensifies in the country’s largest province, Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan on Thursday said the provincial assembly cannot be dissolved tomorrow (Friday).

“The Punjab assembly cannot be dissolved tomorrow. The no-confidence motion has been presented and its notices will be issued. The matter will move towards the first week of January,” the speaker said addressing a presser in Lahore.

Earlier this week, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) submitted a no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Parvez Elahi in the Punjab Assembly on Monday.

The development came days after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan announced the dissolution of the provincial assembly on December 23.

Commenting on Punjab Governor Baligh-ur-Rehman’s letter addressing the speaker a day earlier, Sibtain Khan added that it is not a governor’s problem to give or not give a ministry to someone. He added that the governor cannot summon a new session while one is already in progress in the assembly.

After the speaker defied Punjab governor’s directives — summoning a session on Wednesday at 4pm for a vote of confidence pertaining to CM Elahi, he declared the speaker’s ruling “unconstitutional and illegal” following which the speaker received a letter from the governor on the same night.

Further sharing his take on the letter and CM Elahi’s mention in it, the Punjab assembly speaker said: “The governor has written about the vote of confidence and no-confidence in his letter. However, his accusations on Parvez Elahi are not related to the governor.”

Khan, when addressing the content of the governor’s letter, talked about abiding by the oath he has taken. He added that it is not his job to save the chief minister and the government will deal with it.

“I am the custodian of this house. Everyone should do their job while remaining within their constitutional territories,” he said, urging the governor to avoid passing “illegal orders”.

He added that the speaker also represents a constitutional body just like the governor.

Talking about writing a letter to President Dr Arif Alvi, Khan said: “I have stalled the matter of writing a letter to the president. It will be sent when the time comes. The no-confidence has arrived, but its process will take time.”

With regard to the vote of no-confidence against himself, the provincial assembly speaker said that he cannot legally chair the motion.

“We want the assembly to be dissolved. We want to go to the people but the governor doesn’t want that, which is why he is creating obstacles,” he said, asserting the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will remove the obstacles and go to the public.



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