ISLAMABAD    -    The outgoing parliamentary year of the National Assembly, which ended on August 13, will be marked a histori­cal event in parliamentary history as for the first time a prime minister was deposed by a no-confidence vote.

Moving no-trust motions in Paki­stan’s parliamentary history by the opposition was not a new phenom­enon, as former prime minister Ismail Ibrahim Chundrigar in 1957 faced this move against him. Former Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Shaukat Aziz had managed to defeat their oppo­nents in no-confidence motions. It was PTI’s supermo Imran Khan who could not survive the political attack by his opponents in the no-trust motion and voted out with 174 members [in the 342-seat Parliament] against him.

The country’s parliamentary history has witnessed a large number of viola­tions in its rules and traditions. At the beginning of each parliamentary year, the President of the country addresses the joint sitting of the parliament to share the future roadmap, mistakes of the present government in the outgo­ing year with his other suggestions. The new parliamentary year, which started August 14, will formally begin with the address of President Arif Alvi. It is now up to President Arif Alvi to help formally start the parliamentary session or follow the path of some mili­tary dictators for not respecting the provision of the constitution. 

Political pundits shared with this newspaper that the President has yet to decide whether to address the par­liament. It will also be interesting as to how he paints performance of the previous government [PTI] and the working of the incumbent government. 

Political experts viewed that Presi­dent Alvi has affiliation with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaef (PTI), which is cur­rently in opposition. PTI’s chief Imran Khan is not sparing a day criticizing the government and asking for fresh polls in the country. It would also be impor­tant to mention here that President Alvi has offered a mediating role in the current political crisis in the country. “If all stakeholders agree, I can voluntarily arbitrate between stakeholders on key issues facing the country, including the date of the next elections, consensus-based economic charter and the way to proceed with key appointments,” said Alvi over a week before. Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf might not wait much for proper reply from the Presidency for formally start­ing the new parliamentary year if the President opted not to address joint session of the Parliament. The first session of the National Assembly is also likely to be summoned by the first week of October. The previous govern­ment had also started the session with­out a mandatory presidential address to the joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament. Citing the constitutional provision of Article 226, Clause 3, con­stitutional experts viewed that Presi­dent has to address the parliament