On Sunday, the NA Secretariat issued a notification. The notification said that the parliamentary session will start from March 25. The session will start at 11 am on Friday. Speaker Asad Kaiser has convened a special session under sections 54 (3) and 254. For this session, the opposition parties PML-N and PPP demanded to convene a special session on March 8 through a letter. Opposition groups called for a March 21 deadline.
Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections, but Home Minister Sheikh Rashid told a news conference that it could be delayed due to unusual circumstances. The issue has been delayed due to the high-profile 48th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which began on March 22 at the parliament building.
Voting will take place in three to seven days
Opposition groups called for a boycott of the assembly if it did not convene in time. The United Opposition, however, has softened its stance, insisting that Pakistan’s political instability will not be allowed to affect the situation in any way. The lower house will consider the opposition’s no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan on March 25. Once the proposal has been formally accepted by the House, voting must take place within three to seven days.
Imran’s eviction equation
Imran Khan, 69, is leading a coalition government and could be ousted if some allies decide to change. The opposition needed 172 votes to remove Imran Khan in the 342-member National Assembly. The ruling PTI has 155 members in the House and needs at least 172 MPs to stay in government. The party has the support of 23 members from at least six political parties.