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Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in his Thursday address to the nation that his government would seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly to dispel the notion that it had lost its majority in the Lower House. On Saturday, Parliament will convene under Article 91(7) of the Constitution, which states:
“The Prime Minister shall hold office during the pleasure of the President, but the President shall not exercise his powers under this clause unless he is satisfied that the Prime Minister does not command the confidence of the majority of the members of the National Assembly, in which case he shall summon the National Assembly and require the Prime Minister to obtain a vote of confidence from the Assembly.”
The sitting prime minister has the right to reclaim the confidence vote under the constitution. A show of hands will be used to vote. PM requires 172 votes in the Lower House to get a simple majority. Following the beginning of the House’s proceedings, the Speaker of the National Assembly will ensure the presence of the members by ringing bells for five minutes, during which all of the House’s doors will be locked, preventing anyone from entering or exiting.
Speaker would ask members to register their votes with the enumerators who plan to vote in favor of the Prime Minister after reading the Motion of Confidence in him. He will then call out each member’s name to ensure that they have cast their votes, after which all members will be asked to wait in the hall lobbies.
The Speaker will then announce the completion of voting after every member has registered their vote, and the Secretary Assembly will count the votes and report the results to the Speaker. Afterwards, he will then ring the bells for a second time to allow members in the lobby to return to the Assembly Hall, after which the Speaker will announce the results. The Speaker will also notify the President in writing of the resolution of confidence’s result.
Opposite Boycotts the NA Session for the Vote of Confidence
Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of the Pakistan Democratic Movement, said on Friday that no opposition member will attend the National Assembly session on Saturday, where Prime Minister Imran Khan would request a vote of confidence.
The announcement comes a day after the premier delivered an address to the country, explaining why he was seeking a vote of confidence in the aftermath of the Senate elections, in which the opposition managed to pull off an upset. “A session has been called for tomorrow, in which no member of the opposition will participate,” Rehman said at a press conference in Islamabad.
He added that the opposition will appoint a person to keep a lookout during the session for the “drama they are doing there”. He said that Yousuf Raza Gilani’s victory was a vote of no confidence in the prime minister.
President Arif Alvi had effectively declared in his summary summoning Saturday’s session that Prime Minister Imran had “lost the faith of the majority” and thus needed to seek a vote of confidence, according to Rehman, who is also the head of JUI-F. “So when the president says he doesn’t trust the National Assembly to call a session, it just strengthens the opposition’s position,” he said.
Following the boycott by the opposition, Rehman predicted that “this session will have no political significance” and that the PTI government “will not be considered the representative government of the people.” He said that the PTI had been ruling with a “false majority” until now, and that the opposition boycott of the “one-sided proceedings” would reveal this.
The tone in which Prime Minister Imran spoke to the nation last night, according to the PDM leader, “reflected his loss.” In response to Prime Minister Imran’s comments that if he loses the vote of confidence, he will mobilize the people against the opposition, Rehman said: “Who are you going to rally the troops against? Are you opposed to the PDM? Why is that? What grounds do you have?
“People will not question you about this; instead, they will ask you why you ruined the economy and damaged various institutions by firing jobs.” He said that the prime minister blamed the ECP for his party’s defeat in order to “put pressure on the ECP in the foreign funding case” against the PTI. “We’re familiar with all of their strategies, and we can tell you’re tall no matter what color you’re dressed in. As a result, the country cannot be fooled anymore,” he added.
He said that bidding had taken place in the Senate elections, according to Imran, and asked the premier who he was blaming for it. “He’s accusing his own PTI representatives of being sellouts,” he added. Fazl-ur-Rehman added that Prime Minister Imran’s numerous meetings following the Senate elections reflected the government’s “state of panic.”
“Everything has gotten away from them, and there is actually no government or executive in Pakistan. They (the government) should call new elections right away, and a truly democratic government for the country should emerge,” he asserted. In response to a query, Rehman said that the PDM’s future plans of action, including the strategy for a planned long march, will be determined at an alliance leadership meeting on March 8 in Islamabad.