ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will seek a vote of confidence in the National Assembly on Saturday (today).
President Dr Arif Alvi has summoned the National Assembly to meet today at 12:15 pm for this purpose. A large number of parliamentarians have thronged to the House.
According to the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI), its 175 members have already arrived, while few more were on their ways. Asad Umar said they were expecting 179 votes for the prime minister, and at least 15 of them would be those who did not attend the Senate elections.
In a live televised speech on Mar 4, PM Imran had announced that he would seek the vote of confidence from the parliament. He took this decision after the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) lost the Senate elections on Islamabad’s general seat.
PM Imran would have required 172 votes to win with the simple majority, but since the repolling on NA-75 could not take place so far, so he would need 171 votes.
On Prime Minister Imran Khan’s criticizing the institution, for not holding an open ballot elections in the Senate, the ECP, a day ago, had replied that the process should have been approved by the parliament.
“The ECP’s job is to uphold and follow the laws and not to legislate them. Every political party and person should accept the defeat and if they have any difference, they can come up with the evidence,” it had said.