In his address to the nation on Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced to take a vote of confidence from the National Assembly to dispel the notion that his government has lost its majority in the Lower House.
A session of the Parliament has been called on Saturday under Article 91(7) of the Constitution that reads:
The Prime Minister shall hold office during the pleasure of the President, but the President shall not exercise his powers under this clause unless he is satisfied that the Prime Minister does not command the confidence of the majority of the members of the National Assembly, in which case he shall summon the National Assembly and require the Prime Minister to obtain a vote of confidence from the Assembly.
The constitution grants the sitting prime minister the right to regain the vote of confidence. The voting will be through a show of hands.
To get the simple majority, PM requires 172 votes from the Lower House. As per the rules of the National Assembly, after the commencement of the proceedings of the House, the Speaker of the National Assembly will ensure the attendance of the members by ringing bells for five minutes, after which all the doors of the House will be closed so that no one could go in or out.
After reading the Motion of Confidence in the Prime Minister, the Speaker will ask the members to register their votes with the enumerators who wish to vote in his favor. The Speaker will then call out the names of each member to ensure that they have registered their votes, following which all the members will be asked to wait in the lobbies of the hall.
After every member has registered their vote, the Speaker will announce the completion of the voting, and the Secretary Assembly will count the votes and pass the result to the Speaker.
The Speaker will then ring the bells again for two minutes so that the members present in the lobby may return to the Assembly Hall, following which the Speaker will announce the results.
The Speaker will also inform the President in writing about the outcome of the resolution of confidence.