No-Confidence Motion Against Pak PM Imran Khan; Govt in Trouble?

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No-Confidence Motion Against Pak PM Imran Khan: After receiving the requisition, the speaker has 14 days to call the lower house into session, which means he must do so by March 22.

No-Confidence Motion Against Pak PM Imran Khan;
No-Confidence Motion Against Pak PM Imran Khan;

On Tuesday, the Pakistan opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly Secretariat, requisitioning the National Assembly, which is presently not in session.

After receiving the requisition, the speaker has 14 days to call the lower house into session, which means he must do so by March 22.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the PTI has the backing of at least 184 legislators in the National Assembly, enough to kill the opposition’s resolution,  during a news conference in Islamabad.

“I dare the opposition to present the resolution to the House if they have 172 votes,” he said at a news briefing in Islamabad with Energy Minister Hammad Azhar.

Pak Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry (L) and Energy Minister Hammad Azhar (R) addressing a press conference in Islamabad

“We tried to talk to them on electoral reforms and other things of public interest, but they didn’t answer to us,” he said, adding that the administration would not undertake negotiations with the opposition.

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According to Chaudhry, the PPP and PML-N, the two main opposition parties, are losing support as a result of their corruption, which would lead to their downfall.

He slammed PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif for claiming that the premier’s recent criticism of the European Union in Mailsi was one of the grounds for the no-trust motion.

“Is the EU your relative?” Chaudhry questioned as he emphasised that international relations are based on national interests, and Pakistan’s interests must take precedence over those of the EU or anybody else.

Except for Prime Minister Imran Khan, according to Chaudhry, no Pakistani politician since Zulfikar Ali Bhutto has pursued an independent foreign policy.

He said that “we would deal with them as we dealt with criminals,” thereby cutting off any dialogue with the opposition.

When asked if the allies still supported the government, Chaudhry said we had a very “good meetings” with the alliance and that they supported the “strong government.”

“Things are under super control,” he said, “and you will see more clearly in the coming one to two days.”

‘In two weeks, PM Imran Khan will be even stronger’, says Pak minister

Meanwhile, Azhar said that the opposition could not accept the PTI government’s economic achievements. “Despite the crises, Pakistan is making progress, and we are being held up as a development model.”

Despite “all the obstacles at hand,” he claimed Pakistan’s current growth rate remained at 5.5 percent.

“The opposition is also attempting to shake the confidence of investors who are fairly hopeful about Pakistan’s future,” the energy minister said, adding that the political disturbance produced by the opposition was an attack on the economy.

He predicted that Prime Minister Imran Khan will become more stronger in the next weeks, saying that he “enjoys the full support of the people.”


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