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    Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that he has summoned a meeting of the federal cabinet on Friday after Supreme Court reinstated the national assembly, and ordered parliament to reconvene to hold a no-confidence vote.

    The Supreme Court’s decision after four days of tense hearings came as a big blow to Khan, whose aides had described his actions as a masterstroke against the combined opposition.

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    Supreme Court on Thursday struck down National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri s controversial move to dismiss a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Khan.

    The court, in its short order, 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 apex court ruled that President Dr Arif Alvi s decision to dissolve the National Assembly was also "contrary to the Constitution and the law and of no legal effect", noting that the prime minister could not have advised the president to dissolve the assembly as he continues to remain under the bar imposed under clause (1) of Article 58 of the Constitution."

    In a statement issued on Thursday, the prime minister said that he has also summoned a parliamentary committee meeting on Friday.

    Imran Khan said that he will also address the nation on Friday evening. The PM said that he has always fought for Pakistan till the last ball and will fight even now.

    Earlier, reacting to the decision of the Supreme Court, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said that this unfortunate decision has greatly aggravated the political crisis in Pakistan.