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No-Confidence Motion against Imran Khan submitted


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Opposition has submitted the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly Secretariat, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb told local media on Tuesday.

The Opposition is confident of having the numbers to remove PM Imran Khan, sources said, adding that they are claiming of having the support of 202 National Assembly members.

On Monday, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has given Prime Minister Imran Khan a 24-hour ultimatum to resign and dissolve the assembly or be prepared to be ousted through a no-trust motion, local media reported.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday warned the opposition to be prepared for what he would do to them once their planned no-confidence motion against him fails.

At a public gathering in Vehari district’s Mailsi tehsil today, the prime minister delivered a hard-hitting speech and addressed the planned opposition maneuver against him.

“I came into politics 25 years ago to fight against them (his political rivals). I will fight them until [my last breath]. I will face them and I am completely prepared for whatever [they throw my way],” he said.

“But to the gang of thieves I say this: Are you ready for what I will do with you once your plans for a no-trust motion fail?”

“But to the gang of thieves I say this: Are you ready for what I will do with you once your plans for a no-trust motion fail?”

The prime minister then named his main political rivals individually and questioned their credentials and motives. “First there is criminal number one Nawaz Sharif,” he said, stating that the PML-N supremo gave a performance worthy of Bollywood when he was handed a prison sentence by the Supreme Court.

“If PML-N workers are listening, pay attention: how can a geedar (jackal) become a leader? Have you ever heard of a leader being someone who runs away with his tail between his legs?” PM Imran said, adding that this was the second time that Nawaz had fled the country, with the first being during the tenure of former military ruler retired Gen Pervez Musharraf.

A total of 86 lawmakers from the Opposition parties have signed the no-confidence motion. JUI-F’s Shahida Akhtar Ali, PML-N’s Khawaja Saad Rafique, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Sanaullah, Khawaja Saad Rafique, and PPP’s Naveed Qamar and Shazia Marri submitted the no-trust motion for a session to the NA Secretariat.

Meanwhile, the three bigwig Opposition leaders, PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, PML-N’s Shahbaz, and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman will address a press conference later today, sources said.

In a major development, former senior minister Punjab Aleem Khan joined Jahangir Khan Tareen’s PTI faction a day earlier as he had reservations with the prime minister, but did not specify whom will the group support once the no-confidence motion is moved.

Current numbers


PTI — 155

MQM-P — 7

PML-Q — 5

BAP — 5

GDA — 3

Independent — 2

AML — 1

JWP — 1

Total: 179


PML-N — 84

PPP — 56

MMA — 15

BNP-M — 4

Independent — 2

ANP — 1

Total: 162

The Opposition has claimed that they have the backing of 28 PTI lawmakers and others from an ally of the government, sources said.

At least 16 PTI lawmakers have the support of PML-N, four with PPP, and two with JUI-F, sources said.

Meanwhile, six more members from the PTI are in contact with the PML-N, sources said.

PML-N lawmakers told to stay in Islamabad

Separately, a PML-N parliamentary party meeting was held earlier today where the party president, Shahbaz Sharif, had announced the plan for submitting the no-confidence motion.

During the meeting, PML-N lawmakers were asked to remain in Islamabad for at least 20 days, sources said. The party members were warned that their absence during the tabling of the no-confidence motion would not be tolerated.

Despite all the pressure from the Opposition, PM Imran Khan Monday “dared” the Opposition parties to table the no-confidence motion against his government, saying there is “no threat to the democratic government”.

“[The Opposition] may go ahead and fulfil its desire to table the no-trust motion but we are fully prepared,” the premier said while presiding over the PTI’s core committee meeting in Islamabad. 

Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the Opposition leaders at Zardari Hosue a day earlier, PML-N’s Rana Sanaullah said he was “100%” sure that the no-confidence motion against the government would be successful.

“We will soon be relieved of this curse; the leaders will announce the decisions that were made today,” the former provincial minister said.


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