On the eve of the government’s majority discussion, the opposition alliance announced on Friday that they would boycott the Vote of Confidence. The coalition claimed that its candidate’s victory in the Senate election was a ‘no-confidence motion’ against the Prime Minister. Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that no member of the opposition will be involved in the National Assembly Session to be held on Saturday in which Prime Minister Khan will seek a vote of confidence.
The announcement has been made by the head of PDM after Imran Khan addressed the country. PDM is an opposition coalition of ten parties. PDM candidate and former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday defeated the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Abdul Hafiz Sheikh in the Senate elections in a close contest.
‘Imran who has lost the confidence of majority’
This was a major setback for Imran Khan, who campaigned privately for Finance Minister Abdul Hafiz Sheikh. Rahman said that Geelani’s victory was a ‘no-confidence motion against Khan in itself’. He claimed that President Arif Alvi issued a notification and called the session on Saturday and said that Prime Minister Khan has ‘lost the confidence of majority’ and hence he needs to get a confidence vote.
Prime Minister Imran Khan called a meeting of his colleagues on Friday to formulate a strategy before getting a vote of confidence in the National Assembly. Khan needs the support of 171 MPs in the National Assembly as there are 340 members out of a total of 342 members in the House and two seats are vacant. Khan’s PTI has 157 MPs while the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has 83 members and the Pakistan Peoples Party has 55 MPs.
‘Imran will win the trust
PTI leaders have said that they are confident that Khan will prove a majority. Science Minister Fawad Chaudhary said that Khan would easily win the vote of confidence as PTI’s female candidate for the Senate, Fauzia Arshad, got 174 votes on Wednesday and won. At the same time, Sheikh got 164 votes and lost.
He said that necessary support exists and Khan will win easily. Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan expressed disappointment on the allegations of Prime Minister Khan on Friday and said that the Senate elections were held according to the constitution and he never came under any pressure. Following the statement in the name address of the nation on Thursday, the Election Commission convened a meeting of its members in which this stern comment was made.
Imran vs Election Commission
The meeting was called by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raza. Khan alleged that the Pakistan Election Commission made a mockery of democracy. You did nothing to stop the horse-trading of votes and damaged the morality of the nation. Khan said that you allowed corruption at the top level and it all happened in front of your eyes and you knew that it would happen. I have been saying that the markets have opened and the auction is going on. When the Supreme Court gave you an opportunity, what was the reason that bar codes were not put on 1500 ballot papers?
Rejecting Khan’s allegations, the commission said that he never came under any kind of pressure and if Allah wished, he would not come in the future. The commission said in a statement that we cannot ignore the Constitution and the law to please anyone.