On Sunday, President Arif Alvi dissolved the National Assembly.
According to reports in the media, the president decided to dissolve the Lower House after receiving advice from Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated the nation on the defeat of the no-trust motion, saying the deputy speaker had “rejected the attempt to change the regime [and] the foreign conspiracy” in his address to the nation.
The prime minister said he had received worried messages from many people and that “treason” was being committed in front of the nation.
He said he had written to the president advising him to dissolve the legislatures, and that the Democrats should go to the people and hold elections so the people could choose who they wanted in power.
He urged the country to get ready for elections. The procedure for the next elections and the caretaker government will begin once the assemblies are dissolved, he added.
Qasim Khan Suri, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, had previously dismissed the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Suri dismissed the motion as being in violation of Article 5 of the Constitution and adjourned the assembly session. Suri presided over today’s meeting after opposition parties filed a motion of no confidence in Speaker Asad Qaiser.