Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party’s deputy speaker denied the action against Imran Khan, claiming it violated Article 5 of the Constitution.
Imran Khan has successfully dodged an attempt to oust him as Pakistan’s prime minister after the deputy speaker of Parliament declared a no-confidence resolution invalid.
Khan, whose fate remains unknown, later recommended the country’s president dismiss Parliament, causing further political unrest in the nuclear-armed nation of 220 million people.
On Sunday, the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party’s deputy speaker denied the action against Khan, claiming it violated Article 5 of the Constitution.
According to Article 5, as Pakistan’s news website Dawn.com quoted the speaker, “Loyalty to the State is the basic duty of every citizen,” and “obedience to the Constitution and law is the [inviolable] obligation of every citizen wherever he may be and of every other person for the time being within Pakistan”.
“When the president receives the advise, the assemblies will be dissolved, and the process of forming a caretaker administration will begin,” Khan said in a live speech on state-run station PTV.
“We have decided to stage a sit-in in the National Assembly unless a vote on the no-confidence resolution is held,” PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari told reporters.
“As a result of this violation, we are approaching the Supreme Court.”
On Sunday, Pakistan’s embattled Prime Minister was set to face a no-confidence vote after the opposition claimed it had the necessary votes to prevail.
Key members of his tiny but strong coalition, as well as 17 members of his own party, have joined the opposition to force him out.
On Sunday, massive metal containers blocked highways and entrances to the capital’s diplomatic enclave, Parliament, and other key government buildings over security concerns.