Assuming that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan “forced MPs at gunpoint” to vote in his favor, Opposition leader Maryam Nawaz said the trustee vote secured by him in the National Assembly was “of no value”.
After the National Assembly (NA) session closed on Saturday, Pakistan Muslim League leader (Nawaz) Maryam alleged that the PTI government turned Parliament into bunkers, and that members of the government were assigned to each of the 16 foreigners who had “sold their votes” in the polls. Senate to ensure that Imran Khan wins the vote of confidence, reports Dawn.
“How valuable is a vote you get by telling [MNAs] at gunpoint: ‘Give me a vote or I won’t spare you’? “he asked.
The opposition rejects Imran Khan’s confidant voice
Pakistan’s opposition has rejected a vote of confidence in favor of the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan during the NA session, said the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and JUI-F chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Speaking to media in Sukkur, Rehman said that the Constitution clearly states that the president can hold a hearing “if he is sure that the prime minister is not getting a majority.”
Earlier in the day, Imran Khan won the trusteeship vote after his party gained a vote above the majority in the 342-member lower house of parliament. Khan has announced that he will seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly after his Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh was defeated in recent Senate elections on Wednesday. After this catastrophe, the Opposition demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister. However, he won by majority.
“Here, the session is summoned with a summary by the fake prime minister. The summary is not involved in calling a session like that, all this is drama,” said the chairman of JUI-F, who is not part of NA. “We did not accept today’s Assembly session, nor did we accept a vote of confidence.”
Rehman, head of the opposition PDM alliance, alleges that the MNA was forced to elect Prime Minister Imran. He urged the prime minister to “be brave and ask the public to pass a vote of confidence [by] do new elections “.
In the 342-member DPR, 172 votes are needed to get a simple majority, but the ruling coalition has 181 members, of which 157 members come from Imran Khan’s PTI. After Faisal Vowda’s resignation, the government’s strength was 180, while the opposition had 160 members in the DPR.
Imran Khan is the second Prime Minister of Pakistan, after Nawaz Sharif, to seek a ‘voluntary’ vote of confidence in the National Assembly.
(With input from the agency)
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