ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): Prime Minister Imran Khan won the
vote of confidence from the National Assembly on Saturday while
securing 178 votes. However the opposition parties had boycotted the
National Assembly session while declaring it as illegal.
In his ruling, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said
consequently the Prime Minister has obtained the vote of confidence
and commands the majority of the Lower House.
The speaker announced the results amidst thumping of desks and
slogans by the members of PTI and its allied parties as well as the PTI
supporters present in the lobbies.
On the occasion, the Speaker pointed out that the Prime Minister had
secured 176 votes when he was elected as leader of the House in
August 2018 and now he has secured 178 votes.
After the announcemnt of the result the members of PTI and coalition
parties raised slogans in favopr of Imran Khan. Imran Khan was very
happy after the announcement of the result by Speaker National
Assembly Asad Qaiser.
Earlier, National Assembly Session was held at the parliament house in
Islamabad on Saturday with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair.
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has moved a
resolution pertaining to vote of confidence in Prime Minister Imran
Immediately after announcing the result, the speaker gave the floor to
Amir Liaquat Hussain, who recited poetry as an ode to Imran Khan.
After him, MQM’s Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui took the floor and
congratulated the premier on his success.
“You got the confidence [of the House], now it is your turn to return
that confidence to the nation,” Siddiqui said, asking the premier to
fulfill his promises to his party and the country.
Following Siddiqui, Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination
Dr. Fehmida Mirza spoke, saying that the government’s allies would
always stand with the premier whenever there was a threat to the
continuity of democracy despite any grievances they might have.
Mirza then went on to criticise the way in which the recently concluded
Senate elections were held, questioning whether the Election
Commission of Pakistan was able to guard the process against “corrupt
Before the session began, Punjab CM Sardar Usman Ahmed Khan
Buzdar, Balochistan CM Mir Jam Kamal Khan, Senate Chairman Mir
Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, CM Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Mahmood Khan
and other officials met in NA Speaker Asad Qaiser’s chamber, where
they discussed the vote of confidence.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has 156 members in the National Assembly,
while its allies include the MQM-P which has seven seats, the PML-Q
and the BAP have five seats each, All Pakistan Muslim League and the
Jamhoori Watan Party have one seat each while two independent
members are also on the side of the government.
The joint opposition has 160 seats in the National Assembly. There are
83 members from PML-N and 55 from PPP. Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal
Pakistan has 15 seats, BNP has 4 seats and ANP has one seat while
the opposition also enjoys support of two independent candidates.
However, PDM had announced a complete boycott of today’s National
PM Imran Khan, after an upset win by the hands of Pakistan
Democratic Movement (PDM) in Senate election on Islamabad seat,
made the decision to take vote of confidence from the parliament.
PDM’s joint candidate Makhdoom Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani defeated
PTI’s Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh in an upset victory and secured 169
votes while Abdul Hafeez Shaikh could only win 164 votes. A total of 7
votes were rejected by the Election Commission of Pakistan.