President Arif Alv

The President may request that the Prime Minister seek a vote of confidence.

As per Fawad Chaudhry Statement, the PTI is in contact with some of the government’s allies.

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi may ask Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly in the near future.

According to a source, the PTI is seriously considering destabilising the Shehbaz government, which has over ten coalition partners. The goal is to instigate a political crisis in order to facilitate early elections.

PTI spokesman and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed the party’s deliberations on the issue when contacted. He stated that the PTI would formally request that President Arif Alvi request that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly within a few weeks.

According to Chaudhry, the PTI is in contact with some government allies. Referring to the ANP and MQM’s anger at the Shehbaz govt’s leading coalition partners, he said the president could ask the premier to obtain a confidence vote in two weeks.

President Arif Alvi

In this situation, Article 91(7) of the Constitution is pertinent. The text of the provision is as follows: “The Prime Minister shall hold office during the pleasure of the President, but the President shall not exercise his powers under this provision unless he is satisfied that the Prime Minister does not command the confidence of the majority of the members of the National Assembly, in which case he shall call the National Assembly and require the Prime Minister to obtain a vote of confidence from the Assembly.”

The election of the prime minister is covered by Article 91(4). Votes cast by the majority of the entire membership are explicitly mentioned in this article.

The Prime Minister shall be elected by the votes of the majority of the total membership of the National Assembly: Provided, however, that if no member secures such majority in the first poll, a second poll shall be held between the members who secured the two highest numbers of votes in the first poll, and the member who secures a majority of votes of the members present and voting shall be declared to have been elected as Prime Minister.Further, if the number of votes secured by two or more members securing the highest number of votes is equal, a poll shall be held between them until one of them secures a majority of votes of the members present and voting.”

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