Before the motion of no confidence in the National Assembly, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan set three conditions before the opposition. He said he would only allow the vote of confidence if his demands were met.
The three demands include his protection from arrest, National Assembly opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif not expected to become prime minister and immunity under Pakistan’s controversial ordinance, the national reconciliation (NRO).
Local media reported that Imran Khan was in Bani Gala, Islamabad and cabinet ministers were in contact with him.
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According to Pakistani media, opposition leaders had agreed with the president that the vote would take place after iftar, but ministers were pressuring the president to postpone the vote until after iftar.
“An effort is being made to hold talks with some opposition leaders during this period and some ministers will hold talks,” local media reported. Leaders need assurance that if the no confidence motion succeeds and a new government is formed tomorrow, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will not press charges against Prime Minister Imran Khan and other ministers will not be arrested.
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Local media also said that Imran Khan was seeking to get the NRO from the opposition, but after speaking to opposition leaders he said: “We are not ready and the order of the Supreme Court must to be followed”.
There have been talks between the government and opposition leaders that Imran Khan would not mind a leader of a small party being appointed prime minister in place of Shahbaz Sharif, the another request maintained by Imran Khan according to local media.
The session of the National Assembly has continued since 10:30 a.m. but the voting process on the resolution has not yet started.
(With entries from GeoTV)
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