Mr. Khan will have to get 171 votes in 341 houses to continue in office.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan appeared confident in the National Assembly on Saturday to win a trust vote, even as the ruling party warned rebels that those who voted against him would be disqualified.
68-year-old Mr. Khan on Wednesday decided to seek a confidence vote in the lower house of Parliament after losing his closely held Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh in a closely contested Senate election. The opposition demanded the Prime Minister’s resignation after Malamas.
The floor test will be without opposition, as the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Friday decided to boycott the vote of confidence on Khan’s government.
Special National Assembly session has been convened on the instructions of President Arif Alvi.
According to the National Assembly Secretariat, the session is being held today on a point-to-point agenda of the Prime Minister’s vote of confidence, and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will present a motion in the House, which will be voted on.
Prime Minister Khan will have to get 171 votes in 341 houses to continue in office.
The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has 157 members in the National Assembly and, according to Minister of Science Fawad Chowdhury, has the support of more than 180 members, including its allies.
The 10-party opposition coalition, PDM, has announced a boycott of the session, making it easier for Khan to secure the required numbers.
JUI-F and PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman said on Friday, “No PDM member will take part in tomorrow’s National Assembly session.”
He said his candidate’s victory in the Senate election was a moral victory against the chief himself.
The PDM announcement came after Prime Minister Khan addressed the nation on Thursday, explaining why he was seeking a confidence vote in the wake of the Senate elections in which the opposition was upset.
PDM candidate and former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday gave a major blow to Khan by defeating the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Sheikh, who had personally campaigned for his cabinet colleague.
Prime Minister Khan chaired a meeting of parliamentary parties at the Prime Minister’s House (PMH) on Friday in which all members of the National Assembly (MNA) of the ruling coalition were asked to vote for the Prime Minister, otherwise they would be disqualified. Could, Dawn News reported.
Khan hoped that all the MLAs of the ruling coalition would vote for him, as all those present at the meeting assured him of his support.
During the meeting, Defense Minister Pervez Khattak briefed about the relevant rules and articles of the constitution and warned that those who would vote against the Prime Minister would be de-sided, the Dawn newspaper reported.
According to a member of the cabinet, 175 MPs of the ruling coalition attended the parliamentary party meeting at PMH after lunch was served to PTI women legislators at Punjab House by Punjab Chief Minister Osman Boozdar. Later he was also given a dinner by Foreign Minister Qureshi.
Khan held separate meetings with the leaders of the ruling coalition. All the allies – Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) promised him their support.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Election Commission on Friday expressed shock and disappointment over Prime Minister Khan’s allegations, saying that the Senate elections were held in accordance with the constitution and that it “has not come under any kind of pressure and God willing Is, the future will not be “well.”