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‘Imran Khan is scared of losing game,’ says Oppn as Assembly session on vote of no confidence in Pakistani PM resumes

The crucial session of the Assembly to decide the fate of the government is currently underway. Voting is expected to take place at 8.30pm IST today, local media reported

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. ANI

The Pakistani government has filed a petition for review against the Supreme Court’s verdict which ordered a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly rejecting a no-confidence motion against Khan on April 3.

Meanwhile, the crucial session of the Assembly in which the government will face a motion of no confidence is currently underway. The Pakistani Prime Minister is currently not in the House when it convenes.

Voting is expected to take place at 8.30pm IST today, local media reported.

PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said failing to hold the vote in time would amount to “contempt of court”.

The debate on the vote of no confidence against Khan was delayed for nearly three hours and began after Namaz’s break, Geo News reported. Previously, talks between the president and the opposition also broke down, with the latter wanting a vote on a no-confidence motion, while the president wanted to address the foreign conspiracy angle in the debate.

Pakistan’s embattled prime minister faced a tough vote of no confidence on Saturday brought in by his political opponents, who say they have the votes to defeat him.

A combined opposition that spans the political spectrum from leftist to radically religious says it has the 172 votes it needs in Pakistan’s 342-seat parliament to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Pakistani lawmakers clashed angrily in the National Assembly on Saturday ahead of a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan that will likely see him removed from office.

The speaker adjourned proceedings without giving a reason after just 30 minutes, ordering lawmakers to return in the afternoon.

Sharif’s daughter has branded Imram Khan a psychopath amid a stalemate in the National Assembly over the vote of no confidence. She said: “A maniac’s fear of having to face the music has brought the country to a screeching halt and complete shutdown. The 22 crore country has been without a government for weeks now. This flagrant violation of the constitution and SC’s contempt the orders will be ugly and end badly.”

Khan, who was not present, lost his majority in the 342-seat assembly due to defections from coalition partners and members of his own party, and the opposition only needs 172 votes to dismiss him.

There is no vote for a new prime minister on the agenda, but that could change and Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Shehbaz Sharif is the elected candidate.

A combined opposition that spans the political spectrum from leftist to radically religious says it has the 172 votes it needs in Pakistan’s 342-seat parliament to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Khan went on national television on the eve of the vote, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to demonstrate on Sunday in a sign he believed he would lose the vote. Pakistan’s five-member Supreme Court on Thursday blocked Khan’s bid to stay in power, ruling that his decision to dissolve parliament and call a snap election was illegal.

The April 7, 2022 court ruling paved the way for a no-confidence vote, which was likely to go against Khan after the defection of several members of his ruling party and a small but key partner in the coalition.

Pakistan’s parliament began its crucial session on Saturday to consider the no-confidence resolution against defiant Prime Minister Imran Khan, amid indications that the no-confidence motion against him could be delayed after the government pushed for a discussion on the so-called “alien conspiracy”. ” against.

In accordance with a landmark Supreme Court order, the session of the National Assembly began in the morning. National Assembly (NA) Speaker Asad Qaiser chairs the session which started at 10:30 a.m.

Speaking at the session, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi acknowledged that according to the Constitution, it is the right of the opposition to submit a motion of no confidence, while it is the government’s responsibility to defend against it. Quoting Prime Minister Imran Khan’s address to the nation on April 8, he said respecting the Constitution is the responsibility of all Pakistanis and “just as the Prime Minister has said, although we are disappointed with the judgment of the Supreme Court, we still respect the verdict.”

In a brief exchange in parliament on Saturday, opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif warned of further delays. Sharif is a likely candidate to replace Khan should Khan lose the vote.

Khan’s foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, meanwhile demanded an investigation into the ruling party’s allegations that the vote of no confidence was a ploy by the opposition and America to topple Khan.

Speaker of Parliament Asad Qaiser ended the debate without commenting on the call for an inquiry ahead of the vote and instead adjourned parliament until 12:30 p.m. local time. Khan was not present.

Opposition parties need 172 members in the 342-member house to orchestrate the downfall of Prime Minister Khan. They garnered more than enough support with the help of some ruling coalition allies and rebels from the 69-year-old cricketer-turned-politician’s Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

According to the agenda released by the National Assembly Secretariat on Friday, the vote on the no-confidence motion ranks fourth on the six-point agenda of the National Assembly (AN), the lower house of Parliament.

With contributions from agencies

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