ISLAMABAD: PM Imran secures vote of confidence in NA earlier today.  Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday received the vote of confidence in the National Assembly. The premier received 178 votes in his favour.

“The resolution is passed. Prime Minister Imran Khan has the support of the House. Total 178 votes were cast in favour,” announced Speaker Asad Qaiser.

The prime minister had required 172 votes to win the vote of confidence. “Today, the prime minister has secured 178 votes,” said Qaiser as he recalled that in 2018, the premier had secured 176 votes.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had tabled the resolution in the lower house on which voting was held.

According to the breakdown, 155 PTI lawmakers voted in favour of the premier.

Besides, seven lawmakers from the MQM-P, five each from the Balochistan Awami Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, three from Grand Democratic Alliance and one each from the Awami Muslim League and the Jamhoori Watan Party cast their votes supporting the prime minister.

Independent candidate Aslam Bhotani also reposed confidence in the premier through his vote.

PM Imran secures vote of confidence and thanks parliamentarians, allies for their support

Taking the forum, the premier thanked all allied parties of the government for their support. “I would like to thank the parliamentarians and my allies,” and added that the government’s team will keep going strength from strength.

“I would also like to congratulate my party who came out of this trying time.”

“Once you clear an obstacle in life, one only emerges stronger,” said the prime minister.

Reiterating that the people should not forget why the country was formed, Imran said Pakistan was formed as a result of great vision.

The premier also fired a broadside at PML-N’s Nawaz Sharif and PPP’s Asif Zardari for the “billions they stole and added to our loans”.

Imran added that the “thieves” [Nawaz and Zardari] were blackmailing the incumbent government for an NRO.

“Pakistan was added to FATF’s greylist during Nawaz Sharif’s tenure,” said the prime minister and added that the opposition parties then tried to blackmail the government to have their demands met on the NAB ordinance and connected the issue to lawmaking needed for FATF.

“I ask the ECP to take a secret briefing from the intelligence apparatus, they will tell you how much money was involved in the Senate elections. Just compare the assets of Yousuf Raza Gilani before he was a prime minister and after.”

“My struggle during the ‘decade of darkness’ is real.”

The premier elaborated that the government has done its best to steer the country out of economic hardships and at the same time successfully deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have had a current account surplus for five years,” added PM Imran.

“In future, our challenge is to increase our exports. Our biggest problem is of power generation as the contracts signed earlier were at higher rates. I just want to tell the nation that we are thinking of every possible way to lessen the burden on the masses.”

Imran also added that the government has taken other measures to improve the country’s economy, including the construction of two dams and a business district in Lahore. “No one can stop Pakistan from progressing.”

He further said that electronic voting machines will be introduced in the country’s electoral process to ensure free and fair elections.

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