Pakistan

Under-fire Sharif likely to take vote of confidence from parliament

ISLAMABAD: Amid the opposition’s demand for his resignation in the wake of the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) findings, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is considering to requisition a session of the parliament to take the vote of trust from it, ARY News reported on Saturday.

Sources privy to this latest development said that the prime minister has tasked the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq, to contact the allies and opposition parties to take them into confidence on the matter.

They said the speaker was abroad and has arrived in Islamabad after winding up his engagements following the directives of the prime minister. The parliament’s session was scheduled for July 31, however, the ruling party is expected to call a snap session, sources added.

Since the release of the JIT’s findings that the premier and his family were involved in money laundering, Nawaz Sharif has been under immense pressure to step down, but he has resolved to stay in office, terming these findings a plethora of lies and suppositions.

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Following the JIT report, the premier took his cabinet and coalition partners into confidence over his decision to stay put and contest the findings in the apex court. The cabinet also endorsed his decision and rejected the report in its entirety.

Afterwards, he called a meeting of the PML-N parliamentarians and secured their confidence on the matter.

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