Prime Minister Imran Khan will seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly (NA) following the loss of the Islamabad seat for Senate, for which the NA forms the electoral college.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced this while addressing a press conference today.
Describing the victory of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on a general seat of Senate from the Federal Capital as a “negation of democracy,” Qureshi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly, official news agency APP reported.
“Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) has unanimously decided that Prime Minister Imran Khan will seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly,” Qureshi said while addressing a press conference along with Federal Ministers Shafqat Mehmood, Asad Umar, Shireen Mazari, Fawad Chaudhry, Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Hammad Azhar, and others.
He said that the victory of Gilani, candidate of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP), also endorsed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s view and conviction about corrupt practices in the Senate elections.
The ruling PTI has suffered a major setback in the Senate election on Wednesday when Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)’s joint candidate Yousaf Raza Gilani defeated Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh for the Islamabad seat. In the upper house, the opposition alliance has 51 seats while the government coalition has 49 seats.
More to follow.