History of no-confidence motion against Prime Ministers of Pakistan

Will the Pakistan Democratic Movement and the Pakistan People's Party be able to work together to oust Khan through a no-confidence motion?

After three and a half years in power, Prime Minister Imran Khan has been facing his most serious political threat, as a no-confidence motion will be held against him.

Will the Pakistan Democratic Movement and the Pakistan People’s Party be able to work together to oust Khan through a no-confidence motion?

History of the no-confidence motion in Pakistan

It is not the first time in Pakistan’s parliamentary history that the Opposition has moved a no-confidence resolution against Prime Minister. 

Benazir Bhutto

For the first time in 1989, the Opposition filed a no-confidence resolution against then-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. However, Bhutto won while the Opposition lost with 12 votes. The no-confidence resolution against the former Prime Minister needed 119 votes in the 237-member House. However, it received 107 votes in favor and 125 votes in support of Benazir, with five members of the House missing.

Shaukat Aziz

The second time the Opposition filed a no-confidence vote against former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in August 2006. The motion was unsuccessful as Shaukat Aziz succeeded. The Opposition required 172 votes in the 342-member National Assembly to pass a no-confidence movement against Shaukat Aziz, but they only gained 136 votes, while Aziz received 201 votes.

To succeed in its no-confidence resolution against PM Imran Khan, the Opposition needs the support of 172 out of 342 National Assembly members. Suppose the Opposition succeeds in passing a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Khan. In that case, he will be the first Prime Minister of Pakistan to resign due to a no-confidence motion.

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  • PM IK must realize that the traditional hide and seek tactics in Pakistan’s politics does not suit him. God willing, if he wins no-confidence motion, he must dissolve assemblies and seek a fresh public support in order to have focus on governance.
    Nation stands with Imran khan..


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