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As Pak National Assembly Session starts, PM Imran Khan faces No-Trust vote: 10 key points

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Islamabad: Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, is facing the most difficult task of his political career, as he may become the first leader in the country to be deposed by a No-Trust vote.

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Here’re 10- key points to this big story:

The Pakistan National Assembly has convened for a crucial session in which the Imran Khan-led government will face a no-trust vote. The motion will be voted on as the fourth item on the agenda today.

-Earlier this month, Mr Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party virtually lost its majority in the assembly when a crucial coalition partner announced that seven of its members would vote with the opposition. More than a dozen members of the ruling party have hinted that they may defect.

-The opposition claims it has more than 172 votes in the 342-seat house, where a quorum requires a quarter of members present.

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-Prime Minister Khan on Friday night urged Pakistanis to take to the streets on Sunday to peacefully protest against a “imported administration,” urging them to safeguard the country’s sovereignty.

-Prime Minister Khan said that foreign powers are attempting to destabilise his government, and that Pakistan’s parliamentarians are being traded like lambs to achieve this goal.

-“We got to know that US diplomats were meeting our people. Then we got to know about the entire plan,” he said, adding that he is not at the liberty to publicly release all the details owing to national security concerns.

-He also chastised the media in the country, accusing it of “celebrating” the government’s fall.

-Foreign powers want a compliant PM, according to PM Khan, which is why they are attempting to force him out. He has described the current political situation as an attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty. “We number 22 million people. Someone from the outside ordering this to 22 crore people is demeaning “he stated

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-On Thursday, the Supreme Court dismissed Prime Minister Khan’s attempt to block a parliamentary vote to remove him from office. The Pakistan Supreme Court ruled that the dismissal of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan was “unconstitutional.” The national assembly was reestablished, and the Speaker was ordered to convene a session.

-If Mr Khan loses, the opposition might name its own Prime Minister and retain power until August 2023, when new elections are to be held.

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