Imran Khan with General Qamar Javed Bajwa during a ceremony in Islamabd. File
The meeting comes hours after parliament was abruptly adjourned before the vote that Imran Khan was widely expected to lose.
Imran Khan's allies blocked a no-confidence motion last week and dissolved the lower house of parliament, but Pakistan's top court on Thursday ordered that the vote be held by Saturday. It is yet to happen, despite nearly 12 hours passing since the session started on Saturday.
Members of Imran Khan's party had suggested on Friday they would try to delay the vote for as long as possible. They have said there is a foreign conspiracy to oust him.
The cricket star turned politician has vowed to "struggle" against any move to replace him.
Before Saturday's session was adjourned, opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif, expected to become prime minister if Imran Khan is ousted, urged lower house Speaker Asad Qaiser to ensure the vote was carried out as a matter of priority.
The speaker said he would implement the court order "in true letter and spirit."
Imran Khan, 69, surged to power in 2018 with the military's support, but recently lost his parliamentary majority when allies quit his coalition government.
Opposition parties say he has failed to revive an economy battered by COVID-19 or fulfil promises to make Pakistan a corruption-free, prosperous nation respected on the world stage.
NO 'IMPORTED GOVERNMENT'
The opposition and some analysts say Imran has fallen out with the military, a charge he and the military deny.
Imran Khan, who enjoyed widespread popular support when he took office, said late on Friday he was disappointed with the top court ruling but accepted it. But he said he would not recognise any opposition government that replaced him.
"I will not accept an imported government," he told the nation in a late-night address, suggesting the move to oust him was part of a foreign conspiracy and calling for peaceful protests on Sunday. "I'm ready for a struggle."
Imran Khan has accused the United States of supporting a plot to oust him, without offering evidence of his claim, which Washington has dismissed. He opposed the US-led intervention in Afghanistan and has developed relations with Russia since becoming prime minister.
As the turmoil continued, Pakistan's rupee hit all-time lows on Thursday and foreign exchange reserves tumbled. The central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by 2.5 percentage points, the biggest hike since 1996.
If Imran Khan loses the no-confidence vote, the opposition will put forward a candidate for prime minister.
Sharif, the younger brother of three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, said after the court ruling that the opposition had nominated him to take over should Imran Khan be ousted.
Imran said he was disappointed but accepted the Supreme Court (SC) ruling that he had acted unconstitutionally in blocking the no-confidence vote when it was due to take place last Sunday, after which he dissolved parliament and called an election.
"Since I joined politics, it was my dream that poor people should have free facilities and free medical care,” Imran said, adding that his government has succeeded in providing that to nearly every poor Pakistani citizen.
Speaker Asad Qaiser on Sunday summoned the session of the National Assembly to deliberate on the no-confidence resolution of the opposition parties against Prime Minister Imran Khan on March 25.
“I praise Gen Bajwa today. To attack an army chief in this manner, a reaction comes from the army,” Imran said during an interview to a TV channel when asked whether there was any “anger” within the military over Sharif’s aggressive speeches.
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