PM Imran to address nation tonight
National Assembly session to be called on Saturday
The prime minister is expected to tell the nation his version of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) candidate Abdul Hafeez Shaikh’s defeat in the Senate elections at the hands of Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) candidate Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani.
In the meanwhile, the government will requisition a session of the National Assembly on Saturday for the prime minister to seek a vote of confidence from the lawmakers after the Senate election debacle.
"The [National Assembly's] session has been called for Saturday afternoon," said Information Minister Shibli Faraz.
He said the PTI lawmakers who had not voted for Dr Hafeez Shaikh had not yet been identified.
According to sources, the prime minister is opting for a confidence vote from the National Assembly in order to ‘secure’ himself for the next six months.
The sources further said that as per law a no-trust move cannot be launched until six months of the confidence vote.
The sources claimed the government wanted to pre-empt the Opposition’s planned no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Meanwhile, Imran Khan has also ordered all the PTI lawmakers not to leave Islamabad.