Islamabad: Pakistan PM Imran Khan has won the trust vote in the National Assembly. In the process of the vote of confidence for almost an hour, 178 votes were cast in favor of Imran Khan. The speaker of the National Assembly announced that 178 votes were cast in favor of Imran Khan. This means that Imran Khan's chair is now safe.
Imran Khan is the second such PM in the history of Pakistan, who voluntarily faced a vote of confidence in the National Assembly. Earlier, in 1993, Nawaz Sharif voluntarily faced the trust vote. Imran Khan wanted the support of 171 MPs in the National Assembly, as the House currently has 340 members out of a total of 342 members and two seats are vacant. Imran's PTI has 157 MPs, while the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has 83 members and the Pakistan Peoples Party has 55 MPs.
On behalf of a coalition of opposition parties, former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday gave a big blow to Imran Khan by defeating the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate and the country's Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh. After this defeat, Imran Khan could not believe the members of his party and he accepted the demand for a motion of no confidence by the opposition.