Scoreboard of no-confidence votes against PM Imran released

Scoreboard of no-confidence votes against PM Imran released

Scoreboard of no-confidence votes against PM Imran released

PM Imran Khan. Image: File

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ISLAMABAD: Marriyum Aurangzeb, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), on Saturday released the list of those who will vote in favour of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Aurangzeb released the list of no-confidence votes on the social networking site Twitter, according to which 84 members of PML-N, 56 members of PPP, 14 members of MMA, 6 members of MQM, 2 members of PML-Q, one member of ANP, 4 members of BNP, 1 member of JWP, 2 members of PML-Q, 4 independent candidates will vote against Imran Khan.

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The session of the National Assembly, chaired by NA Speaker Asad Qaiser, began with voting on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan among six points on the agenda today (Saturday).

Shehbaz Sharif’s Address

Addressing the floor, Shehbaz Sharif asked the speaker to hold the voting in accordance with the top court’s order. “You cannot talk about any other agenda, other than that,” he said.

He said the government took supported the doctrine of necessity, but the court buried it and revoked Imran Khan and Qasim Suri’s measures.

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The Pakistan Muslim League-N President said the parliament was going to constitutionally defeat “the selected”. “Today, the parliament is going to establish a new history,” he said.

In response, the NA speaker said that they could not neglect the international conspiracy issues.

The opposition leader asserted that the delay in the voting could lead to further political crises. He maintained that the speaker was under the duty to summon the meeting and to immediately conduct the business of the House.

Asad Qaiser said that the House would follow the apex court’s order in its full spirit.

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FM Qureshi’s Response 

On this occasion, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) government wanted to deal with the no-confidence motion democratically and constitutionally. “It is a right of the opposition to present the no-trust motion,” he said adding that neither had they ever breached the constitution nor they intended to do so in the future.

“I want to inform the nation that to follow the constitution is our responsibility. Pakistan’s history is full of constitutional violations and October 12, 1999, is one of the examples,” he said referring to the coup of the former chief of army staff General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.

He said given the current political situation, the prime minister had dissolved the assembly as he wanted the people to decide the political future of the country.

The prime minister had said that he was though disappointed with the Supreme Court verdict on the dissolution of the assembly, however, he accepted it, he said.

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He criticised Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan Democratic Movement Chief Maulana Fazl ur Rehman for their prejudiced statement that they would not accept the SC verdict if it was under the doctrine of necessity.

While referring to the issue of an international conspiracy, Qureshi said, “It is important to probe into the international conspiracy against the country and the National Security Council (NSC) is also aware of the threat letter.”

The foreign minister recalled that the NSC had acknowledged the threat letter as a serious and sensitive matter and termed it an interference in the internal matters of Pakistan. He said demarches were also issued in the light of the statement of the NSC.

Imran Khan Is Still Absent From The Assembly

Imran Khan was not present during the NA session, but about 50 members of the treasury bench were there on this occasion. The session has been adjourned till 12:30 pm.

Rangers and FC officials have been deployed as security in Islamabad has been put on high alert. The officials of the NA said voting would be held according to the Supreme Court’s verdict.

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Supreme Court’s Order

In a landmark judgment, the top court on April 7 had termed the deputy speakers ruling conflicting with the constitution and restored the dissolved National Assembly.

The court had nullified all the measures taken by Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi and said the speaker could not adjourn National Assembly’s session without voting on a no-confidence motion.

The court had ordered to call the legislature’s session on Saturday (April 9) for voting on a no-confidence motion. It had also been ordered to keep the voting process free of impediments.

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