Imran Khan no-trust vote LIVE: Sec 144 clamped in Islamabad; cops quit taking orders from PTI govt

Pakistan was on the edge on Sunday ahead of a crucial session of its Parliament to vote on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan amidst call for protest by the embattled cricketer-turned politician against a “foreign conspiracy” to oust him. The Opposition parties need 172 members of the 342-member National Assembly to orchestrate the defeat of Khan and already they have claimed the support of 177 members, more than the needed strength to oust the prime minister. The National Assembly secretariat has issued a six point agenda including the voting on the no-confidence motion. The combined opposition filed the no-confidence motion on March 8, setting a set of events leading to the day of voting and rise in the tension due to Khan’s insistence that he was being targeted as part of the “foreign conspiracy” with the collaboration of top opposition leaders. Meanwhile, Khan, 69, on Saturday issued a call to the followers of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, especially the youth, to hold “peaceful protests” on the day of voting to reject the conspiracy and assembly proceeding to topple the government.

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