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Opposition submits no-confidence motion against Pakistani PM


Pakistan's opposition parties moved a no-confidence motion seeking the ouster of Prime Minister Imran Khan


STORY:   Pakistan's opposition parties moved a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly Secretariat on Tuesday (March 8).

The Opposition is seeking the ouster of Khan accusing him of poor governance and mismanaging the economy of the country.


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 and requisition for a session to the NA Secretariat.

According to Opposition sources, a total of 86 lawmakers from the Opposition parties have signed the no-confidence motion.

In the house of 342, the opposition needed the support of 172 members of the National Assembly to remove the Prime Minister and his cabinet.


69-year-old Khan is heading a coalition government and he can be removed if some of the partners decide to switch sides, which is not unusual in parliamentary democracies.


Opposition parties blame PM Khan’s government for uncontrolled inflation that has broken the back of poor people of the country, while Khan accuses them of trying to remove as he was not willing to condone the alleged corruption by the leading opposition leaders.


“God willing, we will unite to rid Pakistan , all of you and all our coming generations from this difficulty,” Asif Ali Zardari, co-Chairman of PPP told a news conference in Islamabad.


“Today all the Opposition parties have unanimously submitted the No Confidence Motion in the National Assembly secretariate. And God willing, now his  (Imran Khan) days are numbered, ” said  Chief Of Jamiat Ulema E Islam (F) , Maulana Fazlur Rehman.


PM Imran Khan, a former cricketer, came to power in 2018 , promising to clean the country of corruption and create a new Pakistan.


If he succeeds in warding off the challenge of no-trust move, elections will be held in 2023.


Last year in March, the premier had voluntarily sought a trust vote following an upset in Senate elections. In a show of strength, he had secured 178 votes – six more than required – to win the vote of confidence from the National Assembly, the Dawn website reported.


Meanwhile, an Awami March by the Opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)  which had started from Karachi towards Islamabad on Feb. 27 arrived in Islamabad later in the day.


Led by Chairman of PPP, Bilawal Zardari Bhutto, the rally is protesting inflation and policies of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.


A day earlier, Bilawal gave Prime Minister Imran Khan 24 hours to resign and dissolve the National Assembly so that fresh general elections could be held.

The rally ended around midnight.

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