- Response comes following Deputy Speaker NA Qasim Suri's dismissal of the no-confidence motion against PM Imran
Shortly after Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Suri dismissed the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar said that the army is not involved in politics.
“Army has nothing to do with the political process,” he told Reuters in response to a question about the institution's involvement in the events.
Pakistan's opposition parties say the move by Pakistan's Prime Minister and his party to stop a vote seeking his ouster on Sunday, and dissolving the assembly, was unconstitutional.
Earlier, while chairing a crucial session of the National Assembly to vote on the no-confidence motion, Deputy Speaker NA Qasim Suri dismissed the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, declaring it "unconstitutional" and in contradiction with Article 5 (A) of the Constitution. The session lasted barely a few minutes.
Shortly afterwards, President Arif Alvi dissolved the National Assembly under Article 58(1) read with Article 48(1) of the Constitution, and announced fresh elections on the advice of Prime Minister Imran.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial took sou motu notice of the situation and formed a three-member bench comprising himself, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar to take up the matter on Monday.
The court has also issued notices to concerned authorities including defence and interior ministries.