Pakistan

Bilawal asks for probe into claims vote of confidence took place with fewer than 178 MNAs

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Sunday asked that allegations, that the prime minister’s vote of confidence took place a day earlier in the National Assembly with fewer than the 178 members reported, must be looked into.

The PPP chairman was addressing the media after a meeting with Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz.

Sources had earlier told Geo News Bilawal will meet Hamza to discuss former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s bid for the post of Senate chairman and the possibility for an in-house change in Punjab.

The PPP leader met the PML-N leader at his Model Town residence in Lahore in the first meeting between the two leaders since Hamza’s release from jail.

Bilawal, in his media address, claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan was “neither voluntarily voted for as the prime minister by the Members of the Assembly, nor was he voluntarily voted for in this vote of confidence.”

He termed the move to seek a trust vote “a joke”.

“He ran a race alone and declared himself the winner,” the PPP chairman said, adding: “But even this was rigged.”

“This allegation raised by a member of the opposition present in the Assembly, that the number of votes announced do not match the number of people in attendance, must be investigated,” said Bilawal.

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