Parliament to ‘repose confidence’ in PM Imran today

ISLAMABAD   –  Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday met Members of the National Assembly belonging to his PTI party and coalition partners one day before the scheduled vote of confidence. According to National Assembly Secretariat, Prime Minister Imran Khan will seek a vote of confidence in the National Assembly today.

During the meeting, PTI MNAs and leaders of coalition partners reposed their confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan and assured him all out support. According to details, Prime Minister separately held meetings with delegations of MQM (P) and PML-Q and discussed political situation in the country. Both the coalition partners assured their total support to the Prime Minister.    

Meanwhile, Prime Minister as PTI Chairman has written a letter to his party MNAs to ensure their attendance. As per law, this important step taken by PTI by Imran Khan will subject any MNA of the party to disqualification; making it clear to all party MNAs that if any one failed to ensure his/her attendance will face disqualification under the defection law.

President Dr Arif Alvi Thursday summoned the National Assembly under Article 91(7) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to meet at 12:15 p.m.

Prime Minister Imran Khan is first premier in country’s parliamentary history seeking vote of confidence after Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leadership sought his resignation in the wake of defeat of PTI’s nominee Dr Hafeez Sheikh in Senate election held a couple of days ago.

The procedure for vote of confidence on Prime Minister has been clearly defined in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in National Assembly 2007 which states to record the voting procedure set out in the Second Schedule.

The Rule 36 of the Rules of Procedure regarding the vote of confidence in the Prime Minister says ”Whenever the Prime Minister has to obtain a vote of confidence under clause (7) of Article 91, voting shall be recorded in accordance with the procedure set out in the Second Schedule. The clause (7) of Article 91 of the Constitution of Pakistan states that Prime Minister shall hold office during the pleasure of the President, but the President shall not exercise his powers under this clause unless he is satisfied that the Prime Minister does not command the confidence of the majority of the members of the National Assembly, in which case he shall summon the National Assembly and require the Prime Minister to obtain a vote of confidence from the Assembly.

Second Schedule about procedure for recording of Votes states that before voting commences, the Speaker shall direct that the bells be rung for five minutes to enable members not present in the Chamber to be present.

Immediately after the bells stop ringing, all the entrances to the Lobby shall be locked and the Assembly staff posted at each entrance shall not allow any entry or exit through those entrances until the voting has concluded.

The Speaker shall then read out the resolution before the Assembly and ask the members who wish to vote in favour of the resolution to pass in single file through the entrance where tellers shall be posted to record the votes. On reaching the desk of the tellers, each member shall, in turn, call out the division number allotted to him under the rules. The tellers shall then mark off his number on the division list simultaneously calling out the name of the member.

In order to ensure that his vote has been properly recorded, the member shall not move off until he has clearly heard the teller call out his name. After a member has recorded his vote, he shall not return to the Chamber until bells are rung under paragraph.

When the Speaker finds that all the members who wished to vote have recorded their votes, he shall announce that the voting has concluded. Thereupon the Secretary shall cause the division list to be collected, count the recorded votes and present the result of the count to the Speaker.

The Speaker shall then direct that the bells be rung for two minutes to enable the members to return to the Chamber. After the bells stop ringing, the Speaker shall announce the result to the Assembly.

177 MNAs repose trust in PM

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz on Friday said about 177 Members of the National Assembly (MNAs) belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and allied parties reposed their trust in the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.                 

Only one or two MNAs could not attend the meeting as they were on their way to Islamabad, he said talking to the media after the meeting of parliamentary parties of PTI and allies at the Parliament House.

The minister said the prime minister would get vote of confidence on Saturday and after that his position would be further strengthened. The PTI would also win the upcoming elections of Senate chairman and deputy chairman, he added.

The minister said the PTI had taken practical steps to eradicate the culture of votes’ buying in total negation of the moral values, which also sullied the image and reputation of parliamentarians. A senator elected through the use of wealth would have only priority of minting money by hook or by crook, he opined.

Shibli Faraz said the PTI was striving to bring transparency in the electoral process, but it could not succeed in rectifying the flaws in laws to that effect due to the hypocrisy of opposition parties.

Both the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples’ Party had already agreed in the Charter of Democracy (CoD) to amend the law for holding the Senate polls in a free and transparent manner, but backtracked from their commitment for their vested interests.

Their politics, he said, revolved around personal interests and money. It was PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, who had had first bought the loyalties of legislators in 1985 by using money and plots, and that politics he and his cronies were pursuing till today.

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