Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, has secured a vote of confidence in Parliament.
Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, has secured a vote of confidence in Parliament. Imran Khan secured the motion of no-confidence by 178 votes. After the Opposition put pressure on him to resign, Imran Khan sought a vote of confidence to restore the legitimacy of his administration.
After his finance minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh was defeated in a competitive Senate election on Wednesday, Imran Khan declared on Thursday that he would pursue a vote of confidence from the National Assembly. Following the fiasco, the opposition demanded the Prime Minister’s resignation.
Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) nominee and former prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, defeated Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, on Wednesday, inflicting a huge blow on Prime Minister Khan, who had directly lobbied for his cabinet colleague.
The PDM is an 11-party coalition set up in September last year to overthrow the Khan administration, which it said came after the 2018 elections had been rigged.
The floor test took place without the opposition, as the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) voted on Friday to boycott the vote of confidence in the Khan administration. The Special Session of the National Assembly (NA) was called on the instructions of President Arif Alvi.
“If I am out of the government, I will go to the people and get them out to continue my fight for the country. I will not let those traitors (who plundered the land) sit in peace. I call them traitors because they are looters,” said Imran Khan.