ISLAMABAD - With each passing day, the treasury and the opposition parties are seen much concerned about their numerical strength in the National Assembly (NA) and Punjab Assembly (PA).

The PDM’s announcement to move no-trust motion without mentioning proper ‘timeframe’ has visibly created a bit of confusion in the ruling party [PTI]. The main parliamentary opposition parties PML-N, PPP-P and JUI-F] in their anti-government campaigns have been much active, as all possible options are seemingly being exhausted.

These opposition forces [, in the last two weeks, individually held meeting with all their main political opponents including Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q], Muttahida Qaumi Movement [MQM-P] to seek their support for no-confidence motions. Sharing the glimpses of parliamentary history, the political and constitutional experts said that the no-trust moves were used as a threat by the opposition parties in almost all the government tenures.

The opposition parties, in the parliament, raising their concerns about the performance of the government, threaten to move a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister, Speaker National Assembly and Deputy Speaker National Assembly.

The parliamentary opposition forces, as per the parliamentary history of no-trust motion against the chair, had only once succeeded against the Speaker National Assembly Fakhar Imam. Whereas, the opposition had never succeeded in their attempts to remove the Leader of the House [Prime Minister] with the help of no-confidence motions, they said. About the no-trust motion against the leader of the house [Prime Minister], they said the opposition had to face defeat, in no-trust motion, against former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.

Background discussions with the senior parliamentarians revealed the disgruntled members from treasury benches had hardly been used by the opposition in the ‘testing time’ for the government.

The annoyed members avoid imposing a defection clause [De-seat from theseat by the ECP] on them.

The parliamentary history revealed that even a single member parliament was not de-seated on these particular charges by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).The incumbent government with the support of allied partners enjoying around 178 votes. Whereas, the opposition factions have around 162 votes.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had to secure 172 votes in the 342-member house, in case the opposition decides to move a no-trust motion.

The main leadership of the opposition parties are claiming to get the support of some disgruntled members and members of PTI’s like-minded group [JKT group].The gap of around 18 votes in the National Assembly house, they opposition members believed, can be filled by gaining the support of these annoyed members of the ruling clique.

Whereas, the ruling party members, in their media talks, claimed that the opposition would face defeat if it tries to move a no-trust motion against the Prime Minister, Speaker National Assembly and Deputy Speaker National Assembly.

It may also be noted here that the PTI’s government had recently thrice defeated the joint opposition with 18 votes in legislative matters including Mini-budget, State Bank (amendment bill) and Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) amendment bill.

The opposition parties, even after holding dozens of meetings and more are expected in the coming days, have not reached a consensus to move a no-trust motion in the national assembly or Punjab Assembly.

The opposition would show their cards after their upcoming meetings in coming week. JUI-F’s chief

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman , PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif and PPP-P Chairman Asif Ali Zardari would soon hold a decisive meeting in their anti-government move .