Mr Khan is expected to meet with lawmakers from the Mutahida Qaumi Pakistan Movement (MQM-P), Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) and the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) to discuss the vote of confidence

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday called a meeting of his allies to firm up his strategy, a day before seeking a confidence vote from the National Assembly after a major defeat in this week’s hotly contested senatorial elections.

Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) candidate and former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday defeated Pakistan ruling candidate Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in a blow to Khan, who had personally campaigned for his cabinet colleague.

The defeat of the finance minister in the upper house elections prompted calls for the resignation of Mr Khan by opposition leaders.

Khan responded by announcing that he would seek a confidence vote from the National Assembly on Saturday. Shaikh was beaten by a margin of 5 votes.

President Arif Alvi called the session on Saturday where Khan’s PTI is determined to prove his majority with the help of allied parties.

Mr Khan is expected to meet with lawmakers from the Mutahida Qaumi Pakistan Movement (MQM-P), Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) and the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) to discuss the vote of confidence.

PTI sources said GDA had some issues as a lost Senate candidate in the Sindh Assembly and the prime minister would like to address the concerns at the meeting. Likewise, he will try to reassure the MQM-P of his concerns regarding the problems encountered by Karachi.

Mr Khan needs the support of 171 lawmakers in the National Assembly, which currently has 340 members out of a total of 342, as two seats are vacant.

Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Mr Khan would easily win the vote of confidence as PTI Senate candidate Fouzia Arshad got 174 votes on Wednesday and won in the house where Shaikh got 164 votes and won. been defeated.

“The necessary support is available and Khan will win easily,” he said.

Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said the vote of confidence will take place in an open framework, meaning it will be difficult for PTI lawmakers to openly challenge the prime minister.

However, opposition leaders are calling it a victory that Mr Khan was forced to ask for a vote of confidence, saying it was a sign of weakness and would ultimately lead to his ouster.

“The prime minister has lost the moral ground to stay in power and winning the vote of confidence is irrelevant,” said Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former prime minister and leader of the Pakistani Muslim League-Nawaz.

Khan, speaking to the nation on Thursday, said he would sit on the opposition benches if the House refused to trust its leaders.

However, it is generally believed that he will emerge unscathed from the current political challenge, but his troubles will not end as the opposition 11-party alliance PDM has already announced a march on Islamabad on March 26 to overthrow its government. .

But before that, an even more interesting series of fights is expected next week in the Senate, which will elect its new president.

The ruling PTI has announced its support for incumbent Sadiq Sanjrani, while the PDM is expected to field Yusuf Raza Gilani.

In the house of 100, the PDM has a slight majority but the election will be held by secret ballot and anything can be expected.

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