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Pakistan PM Imran Khan To Address Nation On Friday, Says He'll Fight Till Last Ball

The Supreme Court restored the National Assembly after it declared Imran Khan's decision to dissolve the assembly and NA Deputy Speaker's ruling against the Constitution.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan To Address Nation On Friday, Says He'll Fight Till Last Ball
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that he would address the nation on Friday evening. 

The announcement came after Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday restored the National Assembly after it declared Khan's decision to dissolve the assembly and NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri's ruling against the Constitution.

Khan also announced meetings of his Cabinet and his party PTI's parliamentary committee on Friday.

The Supreme Court has ordered National Assembly Speaker Asad Qasier to summon the session on Saturday and not later than 10:30 am to allow the vote on the no-confidence motion against Khan.

During a meeting with the government's legal team earlier in the day, Khan had said he was ready to accept any decision that the apex court would announce, sources were quoted as saying by Geo News.

"We will accept any decision the Supreme Court announces. PTI is ready for elections and we will not let any foreign conspiracy succeed," the prime minister had told the meeting's participants.

Although the Opposition has welcomed the top court's historic order, the government representatives are not happy with it and termed the decision as "unfortunate" which would push the country towards further "political turmoil".

Shortly after the order, Minister for Information and Law Fawad Chaudhry said a change in government would force Pakistan to start "the struggle from March 23, 1940," as he tried to portray a picture of the country under the Opposition's rule, the report said.

"We will have to struggle again for an independent Pakistan. The Opposition is trying to push Pakistan towards slavery; we will not let them succeed," Fawad, who has now been restored as the federal minister after the court's order, said during a conversation with journalists.

The information and law minister, in a tweet, said it was "unfortunate that the decision is now pushing the country towards further political turmoil", as early elections could have brought stability.

In a landmark 5-0 verdict, a five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial ruled that the deputy speaker's ruling was "contrary to the Constitution and the law and of no legal effect, and the same are hereby set aside".

The Opposition parties need 172 members in the 342-member house to orchestrate the downfall of Prime Minister Imran Khan and already they showed the support of more than the needed strength. 

Now Khan faces the possibility of being the first prime minister in Pakistan's history to be voted out in a no-confidence motion.

Khan came to power in 2018 with promises to create a ‘Naya Pakistan’ but miserably failed to address the basic problem of keeping the prices of commodities in control. The current term of the National Assembly was to end in August 2023.

No Pakistani prime minister has ever completed a full five-year term in office.

With PTI inputs

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