The opposition parties have submitted the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly, the lower house of Pakistan’s parliament, seeking to remove the incumbent premier from office.
Senior members of opposition parties submitted the motion to the National Assembly Secretariat. Ayaz Sadiq, Saad Rafique, Maryam Aurangzeb, Rana Sanaullah, Shazia Murree, Naveed Qamar and Shahida Akhtar Ali and Alia Kamran were among those who reached the parliament to submit the motion.
“We have submitted the motion to help the nation get rid of the government whose policies have led to highest level of inflation,” Shahbaz Sharif, the opposition in the national assembly told a press conference in the capital, Islamabad on Tuesday. He was accompanied by Chairman Pakistan Democratic Movement, Maulana Fazalur Rehman and former President Asif Ali Zardari.
Shahbaz Sharif also accused the PTI government of making Pakistan isolated at international level due to ineffective foreign policy.
Speaking to the media after submitting the motion, PML-N’s Rana Sanaullah said that “all plans of the government will fail” and the opposition has the required numbers on its side to turn the tables.
Meanwhile, senior PML-N leader Khawaja Asif took to Twitter to post a copy of the resolution submitted against Premier Imran in the lower house of parliament.
“Through this resolution under clause (1) of Article 95 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, this House resolves that it has no confidence in the Prime Minister, Mr Imran Khan,” read the text of the resolution carrying signatures of opposition lawmakers.
It further stated that “consequently, he [PM Imran] shall cease to hold office under clause (4) ibid.”
Earlier, a meeting of the parliamentary party was held under the chairmanship of PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif in which the PML-N members signed the no-confidence motion.
On Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated that opposition parties were more than welcome to test the water with their no-confidence motion against his government.
The government has been walking a tightrope for the past several weeks and with mounting pressure from the opposition parties, PM Imran was recently forced to significantly slash petrol, diesel, and electricity prices.
In addition, the promise of making South Punjab a separate province has resurfaced and the premier has announced to soon submit a constitutional amendment in the National Assembly.