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Imran Khan no trust vote on Monday

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The Pakistan National Assembly adjourned on Friday without voting on whether or not to hold a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Imran Khan. The meeting has been postponed till Monday, according to Dawn, a Pakistani news outlet.

The session has been adjourned until 4 p.m. on March 28 owing to the death of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf legislator Khayal Zaman, according to National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser. The first sitting after a lawmaker’s death is confined to prayers for the departed soul and tributes from fellow MPs, according to Pakistani Parliamentary norms.

Even as at least three partners of the ruling coalition have signalled that they will vote against Khan’s administration during the no-trust motion, Khan declared on Wednesday that he will not resign at any cost and that he has a “surprise” for the opposition up his sleeve.

According to Dawn, several major opposition members were present at the Parliament House in Islamabad, including Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, PPP Chairman Bilalwal Bhutto-Zardari, and PPP co-chair Asif Ali Zardari. The session was adjourned, prompting protests from opposition leaders. The National Assembly Secretariat released a 15-point Orders of the Day’ for the NA session, which included the resolution of no confidence.

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