No-confidence motion in Pakistan:  15-point agenda

Ground Report | New Delhi: Imran Khan No-confidence motion; The agenda for Friday’s session of Pakistan’s lower house, the National Assembly, has been released, including a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan under Article 95 of the Constitution.

The National Assembly session will start today at 11 am under the chairmanship of National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser. The 15-point agenda of the National Assembly session includes a motion of no confidence presented by 147 members of the opposition. But with the approval of the Speaker, 152 members will present a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister.

The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and a coalition of opposition parties, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), have instructed their respective parliamentarians to ensure their attendance.

The opposition has a long way to go from introducing the resolution to its passage, as it would need the support of at least 172 lawmakers to pass a no-confidence motion in Pakistan’s 342-member parliament. Currently, not all opposition parties in Pakistan have that many MPs.

According to parliamentary records, the ruling PTI party currently has the support of 176 members, including 155 PTI members, seven MQM members, five PML-Q members, and five Baluchistan Awami Party members and five GDA members. Three and one AML member.

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The opposition has the support of 162 members, including 84 from PML-N, 56 from PPP, 15 from MMA, four from BNP, one from ANP and two independents. According to the party’s position, the opposition needs the support of 10 government or coalition members to make the no-confidence motion a success.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan had urged the nation to come out in support of the government on March 27. On March 27, PTI has called a public meeting in Islamabad. Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked the entire nation to stand up against the ‘corrupt elements’ and attend a public rally on Sunday at the Parade Ground in Islamabad.

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