ISLAMABAD - The joint opposition parties at Saturday midnight voted out Prime Minister Imran Khan with 174 votes in the favour of no-confidence motion. Prime Minister Imran Khan is the first Prime Minister in parliamentary history who was defeated in vote of no-trust motion.

The joint opposition, without the support of PTI’s dissident members, managed to gain majority in the National Assembly by showing more than required numbers for the no-confidence motion in the House.

Following the order of apex court, the House chaired by former speaker Ayaz Sadiq around a minute before changing the date [11:59 PM] conducted the voting and adjourned the House for two minutes.

In another major development, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, before handing over chair to Ayaz Sadiq to chair the House, announced to step down from the slot of Speaker National Assembly. “I could not take part in a foreign conspiracy to oust the prime minister,” he remarked.

At the stroke of the midnight hour

| First time ever a PM removed from office by a vote of no-confidence count as Khan refused to resign | Till the last hawkish close aides advised PM to adopt further means to prolong the count | Speaker, Deputy Speaker resign | Khan leaves behind legacy of division | 174 MNAs voted in favour of

no-confidence motion | On April 10, 1973, this House approved Constitution: Bilawal | We will not take revenge or do injustice: Shehbaz

With the start of a new day [April 10], the process of vote completed in half an hour and chair announced 174 votes against the Prime Minster Imran Khan. The House echoes with the slogans including ‘Wazeer Azam Shehbaz Sharif’, ‘Ik Zardardari sab pay bhari’, ‘Maulana Fazlur Rahman Zindabad’.

Leader of the opposition Shehbaz Sharif, after the announcement of the voting results, thanked to all the opposition members and former government’s allies. “This alliance will help build Pakistan,” he said, adding that they would not take revenge but law would definitely make it way. “I don’t want to go back to bitterness of the past. We want to forget them and move forward. We will not take revenge or do injustice; we will not send people to jail for no reason, law and justice will take its course,” he said.

PPP-P’s chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also congratulated the House for passing a no-trust resolution against a premier for the first time in history. “On April 10, 1973, this House approved the Constitution. On April 10, 1986, Benazir Bhutto ended her exile and returned to Lahore for her struggle against Gen Ziaul Haq,” he said and added “Today is April 10, 2022, welcome back to purana (old) Pakistan.”

The day-long session was remained in session in different intervals as it was adjourned multiple times before voting on the resolution could take place. In a daylong session, the lawmakers were seen yawning, taking selfies, sloganeering, whistling.