PM mulls vote of confidence

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From Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Amid the opposition’s demand for his resignation in the wake of the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) findings, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is considering to requisition a session of the parliament to take the vote of confidence from the MNAs. Sources privy to this latest development said that the prime minister has tasked the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq, to contact the allies and opposition parties to take them into confidence on the matter. They said the Speaker was abroad and has arrived in Islamabad after winding up his engagements following the directives of the prime minister. The parliament’s session was scheduled for July 31, however, the ruling party is expected to call a snap session, sources added. Moreover it is also being reported that if the opposition parties go for no-confidence motion the scenario is that in the 342-member National Assembly, PML-N enjoys the majority with 218 Members National Assembly (MNAs), including its coalition partners, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to get the support of more than 200 members. The aforementioned movement against the premier needs at least the votes of 175 MNAs to get successful. According to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) sources, if Nawaz Sharif faces no-confidence motion, he will be supported by more than 240 members. On the contrary, President Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has claimed that there is a forward block of 44 members in PML-N, and Senator Sirdar Zulfiqar Khan Khosa has asserted that the forward block includes 92 MNAs of PML-N.

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