KARACHI - The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday put deputy attorney general and other respondents on notice on a constitutional petition regarding direction to the President of Pakistan to ask the Prime Minister to get vote of confidence from the members of the National Assembly. Petitioner Rasheed A Akhund, an advocate of the Supreme Court, appeared before a division bench headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam and submitted his preliminary arguments. The court, after hearing him, issued notice to the respondent to submit their comments in the next date to be fixed later. Quoting the Constitution, the petitioner submitted that under Article 91 (7) the President of Pakistan have to summon the National Assembly session and ask the Prime Minister to obtain a vote of confidence from the assembly as, the present government has lost the confidence of the majority legislatures. The plaintiff continued that the PM has lost confidence of the majority of the members and he was not entitled to run the government since its coalition parties including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement had withdrew from their support, and now the government 167 votes out of 340, he added that a leading party is required to have atleast 171 members supports. The current minority government is short of four members to sustain more. He maintained that after losing majority, the government was now unconstitutional under the parliamentary form of the government which envisages government by the majority of the members. Terming the current government as unconstitutional, the petitioner submitted that the rule by the minority government is a failure of parliamentary democracy as it has the inherent fatal defect that it cannot pass laws under articles 141 and 142 of the constitution, which can only be passed by the majority of the Parliament. The President of Pakistan and Co-Chairperson of PPP, Prime Minister, Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, PML(N), PML(Q), MQM and Election Commission of Pakistan were cited as respondents in the petition. The plaintiff pleaded the court to declare the current government as unconstitutional. It was also prayed to issue directive to the President to summon the assembly under Article 91(7) and require the Prime Minister to obtain a vote of confidence from the assembly.