Ahead of the no-confidence vote, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan assured his ruling party lawmakers victory, while opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif said a treason case should first be filed against the Prime Minister.
The 69-year-old cricketer-turned-politician faces the no-confidence motion, which was tabled by opposition leader Sharif in the National Assembly on March 28. The National Assembly is due to vote on the motion of no confidence on Sunday. .
The Prime Minister needs 172 votes in the lower house out of 342 to thwart the opposition’s attempt to overthrow him. However, the opposition claims to have the support of 175 MPs and the Prime Minister is expected to resign immediately.
Khan, who now faces the prospect of being exhausted in the numbers game in parliament on Sunday with key allies abandoning him and a significant number of rebel lawmakers vowing to vote against him, said the match was not not finished before the last ball. “I’m not worried about tomorrow… God willing, we will emerge victorious,” The Express Tribune newspaper reported.
Addressing Pakistan’s ruling Tehreek-e-Insaf: parliamentarians at the prime minister’s house here on Saturday, he took a swipe at Shehbaz, saying whoever had his sherwani ‘ready for prime minister doesn’t know what will happen to him on Sunday.
At a press conference immediately after Khan’s address, Pakistan Muslim League (N) Chairman Shahbaz said: The treason case should first be filed against Imran Khan…by not putting end to his
He said if politicians get involved in treason and patriotism, then the matter will spiral out of control, Geo News reported. He also warned that if Khan went against the Constitution and the law, they would take their course.
Shahbaz’s statement on treason came as Prime Minister Khan alleges that the motion of no confidence tabled against him is a foreign plot. Imran Khan, instead of admitting defeat, is busy dividing the nation.
He refuses to follow the constitutional and legal path. He is urging his supporters to sabotage the decision in parliament tomorrow, Shahbaz said of Imran’s call for a protest on Sunday ahead of the vote on the no-confidence motion.
Khan, who came to power in 2018 with the promise of creating a ‘Naya Pakistan’, is at a critical juncture in his political career as he lost a majority.