Imran to take vote of confidence from Parliament: FM Qureshi

Staff Reporter

Hours after the major upset in the hotly-contested Senate elections, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan will take a vote of confidence from the Parliament.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he alleged that the Election Commission of Pakistan has failed to ensure transparency in the polls as per the orders of the Supreme Court.

Yousaf Raza Gilani, the joint candidate of opposition parties, was elected senator from Islamabad, by defeating Abdul Hafeez Shaikh of the ruling party in today’s election, according to unofficial results.

“Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is a political party that believes in freedom of speech. We take our members on board on every issue and take their opinions.

It is not right to say that some of our members were disgruntled,” FM Qureshi said in the news conference and added that if the members were not happy with the party leadership, then they would have conveyed their concerns to the premier, like in Sindh two of our members maintained that they were disgruntled.

Qureshi said that If PTI members were disgruntled, then they should not have cast their vote for the women’s seat as well. “The thing is that they were not disgruntled, but were paid,” he added.

Talking about PM Imran’s decision to take the vote of confidence, the foreign minister said that his party has taken the morally correct position as per the vision of the prime minister. “PM Imran has clearly stated that he is the prime minister of the entire Parliament.”

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