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Ill-advised brinkmanship

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10.04.2022

THE one question that was weighing on many minds as these lines were being written on Saturday afternoon was whether the simple question of who has a parliamentary majority and the right to govern Pakistan will be decided on the floor of the House or elsewhere.

One can easily run out of adjectives and breath, recapping events from last Sunday to today in what was a dizzying flurry of activity and events, with only one clear fact emerging — the PTI will try and cling to power at all cost, contemptuously violating the Constitution and the rule of law.

After the governing party lost its majority when most of its allies and some two dozen of its own members refused to prop it up, as had been the case till then, the government tarnished whatever democratic credentials it may have had left in delaying the no-confidence vote in the Assembly.

Finally, last Sunday, instead of ordering a vote on the no-confidence resolution as mandated by the law, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri adjourned the House after a ‘ruling’ through which he rejected the no-confidence resolution as the result of a foreign regime-change conspiracy.

All this throwing the toys out of the pram will reflect poorly on Imran Khan and some of his top aides.

It was clear that the whole farce was scripted ahead of time, because as soon as the session began, Law Minister Fawad Chaudhry read out a statement calling the no-trust move the result of a conspiracy and the deputy speaker agreed before giving his infamous ruling.

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