In another twist ahead of the voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser resigned from his post reported Aaj News. While unconfirmed reports of deputy speaker Qasim Suri resigning have also been circulating .
The move to hand over the session's proceedings to PML-N's Ayaz Sadiq so hint at tbe deputy speaker's resignation.
Qaiser summoned the National Assembly session at 10:30am Saturday on the Supreme Court's orders to vote on the no-trust move against the premier, but the voting remained in limbo for most of the day.
Around 11:45pm, Qaiser announced his resignation from the National Assembly and handed over the chair of the House to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and former NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq, who is also one of the panel of chairs.
“I am liable to the Constitution and the most important demand of the oath is to protect the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan,” said Qaiser, in his short speech to the House.
Talking about the "foreign conspiracy" letter to topple the Imran Khan led government, the former speaker said the Cabinet had shared the document with him and asked the lawmakers to stand for the country’s sovereignty. He also said that he had analysed the contents of the letter thoroughly.
He asked opposition leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif to review the letter as he would save it in the Secretariat file. Qaiser shared that he would send the letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial.
“I can no longer remain on the seat of the speaker and I resign,” said Qaiser, adding he accepted the Supreme Court’s decision related to the no-confidence motion and asked Sadiq to head the session of the House.
“Ayaz Sadiq is requested to come and complete the legal procedure [on the no-confidence motion],” said Qaiser.
The prime minister summoned the speaker to the Prime Minister House twice, where a meeting of Cabinet members was held and multiple options were considered to delay the voting on the no-trust move.