Shahbaz Sharif, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), filed a no-confidence motion in Prime Minister Imran Khan in the lower house on Monday.
This is a significant event, as Imran Khan’s political future is in jeopardy due to shifting power dynamics. During the session, Deputy NA Speaker Qasim Suri urged members of Parliament who supported the motion to stand up so the total number of supporters could be counted.
While meeting with the opposition leader soon before the session, Speaker Asad Qaiser assured them that the session would be adjourned after the no-confidence vote was tabled, according to a Geo News story.
The leaders agreed to restart the session and discuss the no-trust resolution in the House.
On Friday morning, the debate on the no-confidence motion was deferred as condolences were paid to Khayal Zaman, a member of the ruling PTI who had recently passed away.
After the PPP’s protracted march in Islamabad on March 8, a motion of no confidence was submitted. Because several PTI legislators have come out openly against Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Opposition is certain that its motion would pass.
Khan’s troubles were compounded by the fact that over 20 members of his own party had recently taken asylum in Islamabad’s Sindh House, and none of them attended the National Assembly on Friday.
The Pakistani National Assembly has a total of 342 members, with 172 constituting a majority. The PTI-led coalition has 179 members, with Imran Khan’s PTI having 155 members and four key allies Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) each having seven, five, five, and three members.
first published:March 28, 2022, 6:13 p.m.