brought forward the Provincia
assembly session by two days –
from Jan 11 to Jan 9, causing the political circles to spin up a whirlwind of wild speculation about whether the PA session keeps the Punjab rumour
Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi is getting ready to take a vote of confidence.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) in its December 28 order
undertaking not to diss
, this order will not preclude the petitioner from taking a vote of
confidence on his own accord,” the order read.
The court order had come after Punjab Governor Balaguer Rehman de-notified Elahi
as the CM of the largest province in
a bid to forestall ousted premier Imran Khan’s plan to dissolve the Punjab Assembly.
very slim chances of the chief minister going for a trust vote, adding that
om the governor’s side to force his way.
others termed the move
a “test case” for the ruling coalition to show its numerical strength.
Reliable sources seeking anonymity told The Express Tribune that some PTI lawmakers,
including one or two women, have been resisting the dissolution of the assembly.
“They have intimated the party’s top leadership in clear terms that
if the house takes up the vote of confidence PA session keeps Punjab rumour
with the single aim of removing the constitutional bar on the chief minister to
that it would be difficult for the ruling coalition to muster the support of 186 lawmakers in the
the possibility of a sudden vote of confidence through suspending the rules of business of the house
“if we do not make [vote of confidence] part of the agenda item”.
Expelling all impressions, there were a few lawmakers who claimed that there might be
a possibility of taking a vote of confidence, adding that CM Elahi had the required number in his pocket.
PA Speaker Sistani Khan had
it for January 9 at 2 pm by issuing a fresh date of summoning the house.
The PTI chairman had announced in a rally in Rawalpindi that his governments in Punjab
and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa would
not give a vote of confidence to Elahi as the Punjab CM.
In a statement
released by the party, the MWM Political Council said that
it had taken the decision after consultation with its leadership.
According to the party spokesperson, the MWM has expressed
“serious concerns over some of Elahi’s actions”, saying that its member of the Punjab Assembly,
Syed Zahra Naqvi, would not give him a vote of confidence.