Senator Faisal Javed announced on Monday that vote on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan will take place on March 28.
The PTI leader confirmed the much-awaited date during an informal conversation with a news channel at the Parliament House.
The senator said that the National Assembly session has been requisitioned for March 21.
But later, he backtracked from the statement and tweeted that the vote on the no-confidence motion, without specifying a date, would take place after March 27.
“The biggest jalsa (rally) of Islamabad will take place on March 27 (Sunday). Prime Minister Imran Khan will deliver a historic speech. And the voting on the no-confidence motion will take place after March 27.”
Senator Faisal confidently said that the no-trust motion against the premier would fail, while the people’s confidence in the prime minister’s leadership would bolster.
It may be recalled that the opposition had submitted the no-confidence motion against PM Imran on March 8, accusing him of mismanaging the economy and poor governance.
Despite the rising political tensions, the prime minister has time and again claimed that the government’s allies and PTI lawmakers stand by him and would defeat the no-confidence motion.
PM Imran vowed to fight any move to unseat him. “Whatever they do, I’m ready for that,” he had told a gathering in Islamabad.
PML-N: In response, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said the “gang of corrupts” has announced a rally on March 27 as they are sure about “not having” the numbers to defeat the no-trust motion.
“The ones who cannot make sure of having 172 lawmakers cannot gather one million people at D-Chowk […] you (PM Imran Khan) do not have the support of 10 people anymore,” she added.
SPEAKER SEEKS LEGAL OPININ: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser earlier on Monday held a meeting with the law department to seek an opinion regarding the voting of disgruntled members of the party.
According to insiders, the speaker was informed that none of the members can be stopped from casting their votes, however, the party can take action against those who violate its policy.
Citing Article 63(1)A of the Constitution of Pakistan, the law department said the law is very clear in this regard.
Insiders said that the speaker also asked whether he can give a ruling on the disgruntled members before they cast their votes, to which he was informed that ruling was his prerogative but the relevant laws are very much clear and there’s no confusion.