The Cabinet Division on Sunday night issued a notification, de-notifying Imran Khan as the prime minister of Pakistan after the president dissolved the National Assembly after a summary was sent by the premier in the wake of a no-trust move against him. But, the President’s Secretariat said in a presser issued after midnight allowed him to continue till a caretaker prime minister is named.

“Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi, shall continue as Prime Minister till the appointment of caretaker Prime Minister under Article 224 A (4) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”

In accordance with the Constitution, the president has not yet issued written instructions to Imran Khan to continue serving as the chief executive till the appointment of caretaker prime minister.

However, Imran Khan continues to act as the prime minister on the basis of verbal instructions without written instructions. Under Article 94 of the Constitution, the president may direct the prime minister to continue his work until the caretaker prime minister is appointed.

According to Article 224(4) of the Constitution, the outgoing prime minister can continue his work till the appointment of the caretaker prime minister.

The Cabinet Division also issued a notification to dissolve the 52-member federal cabinet. The Cabinet Division also notified 25 federal ministers and four ministers of state.

The Cabinet Division also de-notified four advisers to the prime minister and 19 special assistants.

Earlier today, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri dismissed the no-confidence motion submitted by the joint opposition to dislodge the prime minister as he termed it “unconstitutional” under Article 5.

The ruling read by Suri prompted strong protests from the opposition benches who surrounded the desk of the speaker to record their protest.

Suri said the resolution could not be voted upon as it was allegedly supported by a foreign power and violated Article 5. Suri, who chaired the session in the absence of Asad Qaiser, also adjourned the session indefinitely.


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