PPP’s no-trust move plan a hard sell for PDM leaders

By: News Desk      Published: 12:51 PM, 5 Feb, 2021
PPP’s no-trust move plan a hard sell for PDM leaders
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Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has failed to convince the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders about bringing a no-trust motion in the National Assembly to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.

Quoting sources, the TV channel reported that PPP failed to win the support of PDM leaders for a no-confidence move at their summit meeting held in Islamabad on Thursday (February 4), resulting in the dropping of the option by the opposition parties’ alliance.

The sources added that several questions were put to the PPP leaders when they briefed the other opposition leaders about the utility of bringing the no-confidence motion to send the incumbent government home.

The PDM leaders asked PPP whether it had the required numbers in the assembly which could show the government the door, particularly when the opposition had to suffer defeat in the election for the Senate chairman despite the fact that it had a majority in the House then.

If somebody had given you assurances in this regard, please let us know, the sources quoted PDM leaders as asking PPP.

So after a long debate, the opposition parties’ alliance had to remove the option of the no-trust move from its agenda.

The TV channel quoted sources in also reporting on Thursday that PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz had taken her team to a meeting with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other PPP leaders to reach a consensus about the no-confidence move.

 According to insiders, the PML-N is of the view that the PDM does not have the numbers required to achieve the target and for this purpose, the PDM needs PML-Q and the MQM while success sans the establishment’s support is out of the question. 

The PPP leadership proposed bringing a no-confidence motion against the PTI. The party insisted the move is a legal option and was part of the APC declaration and there was turmoil within the PTI and its allies, the MQM, PML-Q and BAP, are too unhappy.

Bilawal, on January 16, had said there was a constitutional way to send the incompetent government of Prime Minister Imran Khan home. He had said the government could be toppled by bringing a no-confidence move against the prime minister. 

He also said that the PPP would try to convince the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of 11 opposition parties currently trying to topple the federal government, on this point.

A few days prior to the opposition parties’ summit meeting in Islamabad on Thursday, Maryam Nawaz had said her party would consider the option of bringing a no-trust move as given by PPP Chairman Bilawal.