Islamabad: Pakistan’s PM Shahbaz Sharif won on Thurs- day a trust vote in the 342-member National Assembly, with 180 lawmakers reposing “full confidence” in him as leader of the house, as opposed to 174 when he was elected PM in April last year.
Foreign minister Bilal Bhutto-Zargari moved the resolution for the floor test in parliament after it rejected a money bill tabled by the coalition government to give funds to the election commission for polls in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces on the orders of the Supreme Court. When the bill was rejected, the top court questioned if the Ho- use has confidence in Sharif.
After the resolution was ta- bled, voting was held with law- makers in favour of adopting it rising from their seats. Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf announced that 180 members had risen from their seats. Sharif swiped at recent orders of the SC, saying rulings that questioned parliament’s confidence in him could lead to “serious consequences”. “It is not possible that parliament frames a law and the judiciary issues a stay order on it even before it is enforced,” he said, referring to another SC ruling that barred his government from implementing a new law that reduces the Chief Justice’s powers. He said only parliament has the right to make and amend the Constitution.