Imran Khan secured a confidence vote in the National Assembly on Saturday, despite a boycott call from opposition parties
Since the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of 11 parties, boycotted the vote, the floor test was held without the opposition. Following an embarrassing loss of the finance minister in the fiercely contested Senate elections, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan secured a confidence vote in the National Assembly on Saturday, despite a boycott call from opposition parties, bolstering his government’s legitimacy.
During a special session convened on President Arif Alvi’s orders, Prime Minister Khan received 178 votes in the 342-member lower house of Parliament. For a simple majority, 172 votes were required.
Since the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of 11 parties, boycotted the vote, the floor test was held without the opposition.
After his finance minister, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, was defeated in a tight Senate election on Wednesday, the 68-year-old cricketer-turned-politician agreed to seek a vote of confidence in the lower house of Parliament. Following the fiasco, the opposition demanded the Prime Minister’s resignation.
In the House, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi introduced a single-point resolution.
The resolution said, “That this House places its trust in Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan, as prescribed by clause (7) of Article 91 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”
A simple majority required 172 votes from the House’s 342-member members. The governing coalition had 181 members until one of its lawmakers, Faisal Vowda, resigned, reducing its power to 180. In the House of Commons, the Opposition party has 160 members. One of the seats was empty.
The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had 157 members in the National Assembly before Vowda’s resignation but now has 156 members. Vowda will vote during the confidence motion, according to the governing party, because his resignation has not yet been approved. The opposition, on the other hand, argued that he should not vote because he had resigned.
Seven members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), five from the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) and the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), three from the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), and one each from the AML and the JWP are among the ruling party’s allies.
Prime Minister Khan presided over a meeting of parliamentary parties at the Prime Minister House (PMH) on Friday, in which all members of the ruling alliance’s National Assembly (MNAs) were asked to vote for the prime minister or risk being disqualified.
According to a Cabinet member, the ruling coalition’s parliamentary party meeting at PMH drew 175 lawmakers.
Separate meetings with representatives of the governing coalition members were also held by Khan. The MQM, the PML-Q, and the GDA have all pledged their support to him.