Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif wins the vote of confidence in the Lower House of Parliament

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif won a vote of confidence in the national assembly after 180 lawmakers expressed their confidence in the rule. 

In the midst of political unrest between the parliament and the supreme court, Pakistan‘s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has received a vote of confidence from the national assembly.

Mr. Sharif thanked the members of the lower house of parliament for reaffirming their support in his leadership and told them that he would live up to their expectations and never betray their trust after 180 legislators expressed full confidence in the rule.

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“Today, parliament has given me the vote of confidence. By God, if they oust me in response to this vote of confidence, I am ready to go back thousands of time but will not let them down,” said the Prime Minister on Thursday. 

Despite receiving strong backing from the legislature, it is feared that Mr. Sharif will come under fire from the supreme court for allegedly going against orders to release Rs. 21 billion for the elections. 

From the conflict between the executive and the judicial branches for the executive privilege, congressional oversight, and presidential power in the United States to the 1975 constitutional crises in Australia, the fight between the court and the parliament, isn’t an unfamiliar concept. In the case of Pakistan, the vote of confidence came as the result of a rift between the court and the parliament over the issue of the general election for the Punjab assembly. 

Earlier, it should also be noted that the supreme court had issued a stay against the law that was passed regarding the powers of the Chief Justice. This created debates among people within the operating authority of the political system. While many questioned the powers of the court, some agreed with the decision made by the court. 

In response to the matter, the prime minister stated that parliament has the authority to write and amend the Constitution. The Constitution cannot be altered by a court. If Parliament raises its voice, the threat of contempt is made. 

Prime Minister Sharif also accused former chief justice and top judge,  Saqib Nisar , of allegedly influencing the 2018 elections and destroying the institutions. He also later questioned the interest of the Apex Court in the Punjab General Assembly when they showed no interest in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. 

Despite the various agreements and disagreements, the ruling party and  Khan’s party have now decided to hold a talk with the Chairman of the Senate, Sadiq Sanjrani, regarding the issue. The Prime minister said that the talk would be held on the same day, later that evening when he addressed the crowd. 

“The talks will be held,”  said Prime Minister Sharif. 

Regardless of the timely compromises and talks, the court-parliament fight has placed the country in a condition of worry with the upcoming elections because there are no signals that the situation will improve.  It’s also impossible to overlook the fact that such disputes may have a negative impact on the political system’s stability and the efficiency of democratic institutions. This may foster an atmosphere of confusion and unpredictability, which could weaken public trust in the democratic process.

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