A coalition of opposition parties filed a motion against Imran Khan, saying he lost his parliamentary majority.

Pakistan’s parliament will meet on Friday to introduce a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan, the office of the speaker of Pakistan’s lower house said on Sunday, adding to fears of political instability in the country.

Earlier this month, an opposition coalition moved a motion against Khan, saying he lost his parliamentary majority after defecting more than a dozen times.

Under the constitution, the Speaker of the House of Commons must convene a meeting within 14 days of receiving the motion, with a deadline of Monday.

But a statement from the spokesman’s office said the date had been pushed back a few days because of the Islamic State conference scheduled for March 23 in the capital Islamabad.

The United Opposition holds 163 seats in the lower house of Pakistan’s National Assembly, but could gain a majority if most defectors effectively join [File: Waseem Khan/Reuters]

Without coalition partners and dissidents, Khan’s Pakistan Justice Movement (PTI) party, which holds 155 seats in the lower house, will not be able to hold the 172 seats it needs to power.

The coalition opposition is close to 163, but a majority could be built if a majority of defectors effectively join it through a vote of no confidence.

The opposition accused Khan of mismanaging the economy and foreign policy.

No Pakistani prime minister has served a full term.


At a rally on Sunday, Khan called for disaffected lawmakers to return to the ruling party.

“Come back and I will forgive you. We all make mistakes,” he said in Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “Like a father forgiving his child.”

In addition, Khan called on the public to support his prime ministership by holding a “Million People” rally in Islamabad on March 27.

Khan’s PTI accused some in the opposition of bribing and offering political favors to dissidents and other allies in an attempt to overthrow the government.

On Sunday, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the PTI ask formally Dissidents have seven days to clarify their positions or face consequences.

Earlier this week, Chowdhury announced that the party would file a motion in the country’s Supreme Court over the defections during the no-confidence vote and their legality under Pakistan’s constitution.

Opposition and political analysts have also said Khan has been at odds with Pakistan’s powerful military, whose support is crucial for either side to gain power.

Khan and the military deny the allegation.