The much-awaited vote on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan was abruptly deemed
Suri chaired the crucial session after opposition parties filed a no-confidence motion against Speaker Asad Qaiser. Opposition lawmakers, who earlier appeared confident of the success of the no-trust move as they made their way to Parliament House, protested against the decision. The Opposition parties need 172 members of the 342-member National Assembly to orchestrate the defeat of Khan and already they have claimed the support of 177 members, more than the needed strength to oust the prime minister.
Khan, who came to power in 2018 with promises to create a Naya Pakistan’, is at a critical juncture of his political career as he has lost majority after defection from his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Two of his allied parties also withdrew their support and joined the ranks of the rejuvenated Opposition.
Opposition Leader in the Pakistan National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif reacted angrily to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s televised question-and-answer session with the nation, saying that a “treason case” should be filed against the premier first, reported Geo News.
“A treason case should be filed against Imran Khan first because by not ending his  sit-in, Imran Khan harmed the nation’s pride,” Shahbaz Sharif said in a press conference immediately following the PM’s address. The PML-N president stated that if politicians become involved in “treason and patriotism,” the situation will spiral out of control. He went on to say that if Prime Minister Imran Khan violates the constitution and the law, they will take their course.
Meanwhile, according to a report by Geo News citing sources, the Pakistani government and PTI leadership have decided to “incite violence” in the federal capital, while the National Assembly votes on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s no-confidence motion.
During the Geo News programme “Naya Pakistan,” senior journalist Hamid Mir stated that sources informed him that the government and PTI leadership have decided to prevent opposition lawmakers from exiting the parliament lodges and entering the lower house.
They will be beaten whether they enter the assembly or are outside, Mir said, citing informed sources, after the prime minister urged the youth and PTI supporters to protest “peacefully” for two days — today and tomorrow.
Imran Khan on Saturday had urged the youth of Pakistan to stage “peaceful protests” against a “foreign conspiracy” allegedly hatched against his government but told them not to criticise the Pakistan Army, a day ahead of the crucial vote on the no-confidence motion against him.
Speaking at a live question and answer session, Khan said he had “more than one plan” for Sunday’s vote on the no-confidence motion against him in the National Assembly. Terming it a “war for the future of the country, Khan said Pakistan was standing at a decisive point.
“There are two routes we can take. Do we want to take the way of destruction or a path of pride? There will be difficulties in this path but this is the path of our Prophet. This path is for our good. This path brought a revolution in the country,” he said.
The prime minister said the politics of Pakistan had reached a point where the people of the country had to take a call, the report said. A society that stands with honesty and justice takes a new life. But when a society becomes neutral, it begins supporting the bad, he said.
“There’s a conspiracy against the government right now and it has been proven that politicians are being bought like goats to topple the government,” he said, noting that the conspiracy started abroad and some politicians in Pakistan were helping these people.
“History never forgets those. And I wish Pakistan’s history to not forget these traitors either.