PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, meeting today, is likely to pass a resolution to repose confidence in Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani amid Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s protest and neutrality on the part of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, sources said on Thursday.

The formal proceedings of the assembly session will commence at 4:00 pm. The ruling coalition - ANP and PPP - is expected to table a resolution in KP Assembly, which will meet with Speaker Kiramatullah Khan in the chair at provincial assembly building.

The government-convened assembly session will be held amid tight security, for which all necessary arrangements have already been made.

To back Gilani after his conviction by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in the contempt of court case, PPP and its coalition partners considered it too much necessary to pass resolutions in this regard. The National Assembly and Senate have already passed similar resolutions. Now it’s the provincial assemblies turn to do so.

The sources said that ruling alliance in KP - the ANP and PPP - have finalised all arrangements to pass the resolution. It is, however, expected that PML-N, which is asking the premier to step down after the court judgment, would strongly oppose the government move.

Though, PML-N, which is busy making arrangements for holding province wide protests, but still their lawmakers, would resist any resolution in KP assembly that is about reposing confidence in Premier, as N-league considered Mr. Gilani as convicted, who has no right to remain in power.

Talking to The Nation, PPP-S Parliamentary leader in KP Assembly, Sikandar Sherpao said that government had yet to contact him on the proposed resolution. “I think it will be better, if a resolution with the consensus of all the opposition parties is tabled and passed. It would be difficult for me to support a resolution without seeing its wording”. He, however, in the same breath, said that his party wanted to see strong democracy and democratic institutions. His party, he said, did not believe in politics of confrontation, but actually, wanted rule of law and the Constitution.

Time and again this scribe tried to contact JUI-F for comments, but failed.

However, political pundits said that JUI-F may remain neutral like it did in the National Assembly. It is obvious that PML-Q will back the resolution, as court’s detailed judgment has yet to come.

The sources said that not only this, another important resolution regarding ‘local government elections’ is also expected to be passed in the current session. After the passage of 18th Amendment, it has now become prerogative of provinces not only to make legislation but also to hold local bodies elections in their respective region.