Asad Qaiser resigned from the office of speaker National Assembly a few hours before voting on a no-confidence motion against Imran Khan on Saturday.
Just before the stroke of midnight when the Supreme Court’s deadline for the vote of no-confidence motion was to expire, Asad took hold of his seat and chaired the session.
“I am liable to the Constitution and the most important demand of the oath is to protect the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan,” he said while addressing the assembly.
The former speaker said that the cabinet has shared the alleged “threat letter” with him and asked the lawmakers to stand for the country’s sovereignty.
He asked opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif to review the letter and also 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,” Asad said.
He also shared that he accepted the Supreme Court’s decision and asked former speaker Ayaz Sadiq to run the session.