Pakistani parliament is expected to meet on March 28, to consider a no-confidence resolution against Prime Minister Imran Khan, according to the Lower house speaker’s office. ayokinews.com reports
The vote will be Imran Khan’s most difficult test since taking office in 2018.
Earlier this month, a motion was filed by the opposition party against Khan, alleging that he had lost his parliamentary majority after more than a dozen members of his party defected, heightening the possibility of political unrest in the South Asian country.
The speaker of the lower house of parliament is obligated by the constitution to convene the session within 14 days of receiving the motion, which falls on Monday.
The date was moved back several days due to a gathering of Islamic countries slated for March 23 in Islamabad, according to a statement issued by the speaker’s office.
Khan is being accused of mishandling the Pakistan’s economy and foreign policy. This is something he denies.
There has never been a full term in office for a Pakistani prime minister in the history of the country.
Khan is now around a dozen members short of the 172 needed for a majority, owing to the departure of dissident legislators.
The unified opposition has 163 seats in the lower chamber, but might gain a majority if most of the defectors vote no-confidence against Imran Khan led government.
According to the opposition and political pundits, Khan has a rift with Pakistan’s military, which is crucial for any party seeking power in the same manner that the former cricketer’s upstart party did four years ago.
Although, both Khan and the military have debunked the claims.