Sat 06 March 2021:
In a show of strength, Prime Minister Imran Khan secured 178 votes – 6 more than required – on Saturday to win the vote of confidence from the National Assembly.
The special session was called after the premier voluntarily sought a trust following an upset in Senate elections.
The premier needed 172 votes to win the confidence vote. Announcing the result, the speaker said that eight years ago, Prime Minister Imran had been elected to the post with 176 votes. “Today, he has secured 178 votes,” he said.
According to the breakdown, 155 PTI lawmakers voted in favour of the premier.
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Besides, seven lawmakers from the MQM-P, five each from the Balochistan Awami Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, three from Grand Democratic Alliance and one each from the Awami Muslim League and the Jamhoori Watan Party cast their votes supporting the prime minister.
Addressing the House after securing the trust vote, PM Imran thanked government lawmakers, including his allies, for staying by his side through thick and thin.
“To my parliamentarians and team, I thank you. Yesterday evening when I saw you, I realised that you were really hurt when we lost the Senate election of Hafeez Shaikh.
“But when I saw you, I felt very good because I saw a team in you and our team will get stronger. Because God will test your faith again and again,” the prime minister said.
PM Imran said it was embarrassing the way elections were held in Pakistan. He named PPP co-chair Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, saying they were “thieves” who were blackmailing his government for an NRO.
He said Zardari was commonly referred to in phrases such as “one Zardari trumps all (aik Zardari sab pe bhaari)” and “Mr 10 per cent” because of his corrupt practices.
The PM further said that Sharif had faked sickness to go abroad so that he could avoid the legal consequences of his corruption and theft.
This is the first time a prime minister has undertaken such an exercise after the passage of the 18th Amendment.
Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said PM Imran was the only hope “amidst the coterie of convicts, brigands, looters and money launderers who have robbed this nation ad nauseam”.
“Amidst the coterie of convicts, brigands, looters & money launderers who have robbed this nation ad nauseam, Imran Khan is the only hope of ending theft of nation’s wealth & elite capture of nation’s resources. My vote of confidence rests solidly with #PrimeMinisterImranKhan.
Amidst the coterie of convicts, brigands, looters & money launderers who have robbed this nation ad nauseam, Imran Khan is the only hope of ending theft of nation’s wealth & elite capture of nation’s resources. My vote of confidence rests solidly with #PrimeMinisterImranKhan
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) March 6, 2021
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