In a bid to reinforce trust, PM Imran meets MQM-P leaders in Karachi – Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Karachi a day after the joint opposition submitted a no-confidence bill to the National Assembly Secretariat and held a meeting with the Pakistani Mutahida Kaumi Movement (MQM-P) leadership. Allies of his government in the center.

The Premier welcomed PTI and MQM-P members when they arrived at the latter’s temporary headquarters in Bahadurabad. He was accompanied by Planning Minister Assad Umar, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi and Maritime Minister Ali Zaydi.

The Prime Minister’s Office said the Prime Minister promised full support after discussions with government allies on the current political situation.

After a meeting with the MQM-P leaders, the Prime Minister will arrive at the residence of Governor Sindh to meet with another ally of the government, the Alliance for Democracy (GDA).

In recent weeks, the opposition has held meetings with the government’s allied parties, including MQM-P and PML-Q, to gain support for a move against Prime Minister Imran. A visit to Karachi today to meet the PML-Q and MQM-P leaders to counteract the opposition’s proposal is part of the same effort.

“The prime minister is visiting Karachi to meet the coalition partners of the federal government. He will also chair the meeting of the party’s Sindh Advisory Committee. He will also address party leaders and workers,” said party spokesman Arsalan Taj.

In addition to political engagement, the prime minister will likely distribute Ehsaas cards to beneficiaries while visiting large cities to commemorate the completion of the PTI government’s flagship three-year program.

“The event is held at the Governor’s House. Dr. Sania Nishtar, Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, said he would brief him on the successful deployment of Ehsaas’ poverty alleviation program in Sindh.

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After weeks of consultations and marathon sessions, the confident-looking opposition party on Tuesday finally accepted the government’s challenge and submitted a resolution of no confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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The opposition party submitted documents and a resolution of no confidence in the prime minister because the National Assembly was not currently in session according to Article 54 of the Constitution.

According to Article 54, the Speaker of the National Assembly may be convened when at least 25% of the total number of members have signed, and after that, the Speaker may convene a session for up to 14 days.

PPP Member Naveed Qamar said: The request had 140 MNA signatures.

Meanwhile, Article 95 of the Constitution and the rules of procedure of the House of Representatives stipulate that a resolution of no confidence in the Prime Minister must be approved by at least 20% of the total number of members, that is, at least 68 members of the National Assembly. voted for

After the National Assembly opens, according to the rules of procedure, the Secretariat will circulate a resolution of no confidence, which will be moved to the next working day.

A resolution cannot be put to a vote before 3 days or after 7 days, according to the rules from the date it was moved.

Therefore, the chairman must convene the House of Representatives by March 22, and the no-confidence bill must convene between March 26 and March 30.

For the no-confidence bill to succeed, the joint opposition would need a simple majority, meaning that 172 out of 342 MNAs would need the support of the majority.

According to the current position of the House of Representatives, there are a total of 162 opposition lawmakers, who oppose the government’s 179 members. But opposition leaders, including Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PPP co-chair Asif Ali Zardari, will need the backing of 180 lawmakers, including some government MNAs claiming to be.

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Further reporting by Qazi Hassan.