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Sindh [Pakistan], March 6 (ANI): Pakistan opposition leader Maryam Nawaz said the trust vote secured by Prime Minister Imran Khan in National Assembly has "no worth" as he had forced lawmakers on gunpoint to vote for him.

Speaking to reporters just after the conclusion of the National Assembly (NA) session, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader Maryam said that the government turned the Parliament lodges into a bunker and government members were assigned to each of the 16 MNAs who had allegedly sold their votes in the Senate polls to ensure their presence for the vote of confidence, Dawn reported.

"What worth does a vote have that you got by telling [MNAs] on gunpoint: 'Give me the vote or I won't spare you'?" she asked.

Pakistan Opposition on Saturday rejected the confidence vote cast in favour of the country's Prime Minister Imran Khan during a National Assembly (NA) session, said Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Speaking to media in Sukkur just after the NA session concluded, Rehman said that the Constitution clearly stated that the president can summon a session "if he believes that the prime minister does not hold majority", Dawn reported.

Earlier in the day, Imran Khan won a trust vote in the National Assembly (NA) with his party securing votes above a majority mark in the 342-member lower house of parliament.

Khan decided to take a vote of confidence after finance minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, on Wednesday, faced a drubbing in the Senate election, reinforcing the Opposition to demand the Prime Minister's resignation.

"Here, the session was called over a summary by the fake prime minister. Summary is not involved in summoning such sessions, all of this is a drama," said the JUI-F chief, who is not part of the NA. "We don't accept today's Assembly session, nor do we accept the confidence vote.""This was not a confidence vote. We know which agencies watched the members of the assembly the entire night. [We know] who knocked on the doors of each member to ensure they were present," he added.

Rehman, who is the chief of the opposition alliance PDM, alleged that MNAs were "forcefully" made to vote for Prime Minister Imran. He urged the premier to "be courageous and ask the public to cast a vote of confidence [by] conducting a new election".

In the 342-member House, 172 votes were needed for a simple majority.

The ruling coalition had 181 members, out of which 157 members were from Imran Khan's PTI. After the resignation Faisal Vowda, the government's strength came to 180, whereas the opposition has 160 members in the House.

The 68-year-old cricketer-turned-politician called a meeting of parliamentary parties on Friday, in which all NA lawmakers of the ruling alliance were asked to vote for the prime minister or else face disqualification.

Imran Khan is the second Pakistani Prime Minister, after Nawaz Sharif, who went to the National Assembly for a 'voluntary' vote of confidence. (ANI)

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