Pakistan PM to seek vote of confidence on Saturday

A day after Pakistan’s ruling party PTI suffered a setback in one of the Islamabad senate seat elections, Prime Minister Imran Khan is all set to seek a confidence vote in the National Assembly on Saturday

Mar 05, 2021
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A day after Pakistan’s ruling party PTI suffered a setback in one of the Islamabad senate seat elections, Prime Minister Imran Khan is all set to seek a confidence vote in the National Assembly on Saturday. This comes after the opposition parties demanded Khan’s resignation following the election result. 

He also addressed the nation on Thursday evening, where he decried the "horse-trading" by the opposition parties. The Pakistan Democratic Movement candidate Yousuf Raza Gillani had defeated PTI candidate Hafeez Shaikh in the Senate election.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi earlier described the victory of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani as a “negation of democracy” while the opposition termed it the victory of democracy.

“The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has unanimously decided that Prime Minister Imran Khan will seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly,” Qureshi was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune. 

He further alleged that the upset vindicates Khan’s viewpoint on corruption and malpractices that the opposition parties have long been involved in.  

“I regret to say that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) failed to ensure transparency in the Senate polls. The ECP was entrusted with a huge responsibility, but it failed on that,” he said.

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