On Wednesday night, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah called the confidence vote processes in the Punjab Assembly “illegal” and said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will not accept them.
After the opposition boycotted the PA session, the interior minister told reporters outside the building that PTI lawyers had argued that the governor’s order was unlawful in court.
When asked, “So, how did they conduct the confidence vote under Article 130(7) today?” he questioned the procedure used.
“PA Speaker Sibtain Khan had already said that a vote of confidence wouldn’t happen today. Yet, at midnight, plans were altered and a vote of confidence was secretly started.”
He pointed out that Chief Minister Elahi was required to take the trust vote by an order from Punjab Governor Baligh-Ur-Rehman, but that the confidence vote processes fell short of those conditions.
The Minister of the Interior questioned the legitimacy of the PA proceedings, asking how the confidence vote could be called while the Governor’s order was suspended and under consideration in court.
He said that after 10–12 hours of trying, the PTI and PML-Q still had not collected enough votes to pass a vote of confidence. This, he said, is why they failed to meet the election requirements.
The minister promised that the PML-N will show the court the PTI members’ itinerary in an effort to establish that their votes had been counted despite their absence.
In his remarks, PML-N leader Atta Tarar promised that his party will show the court that the PTI lacked the quorum needed to win the confidence vote.