PM Imran Khan should resign before tabling of no-trust motion: Bilawal

PPP Chairman says Imran Khan should dissolve assemblies if he trusts masses: Says no-confidence mega test for govt: Believes govt doesn’t enjoy majority in house: Maintains whatever decision opposition takes, PPP will accept it: Says opposition big three to meet again: Chan says joining PTI was a mistake

By: News Desk
Published: 12:13 PM, 6 Mar, 2022
PM Imran Khan should resign before tabling of no-trust motion: Bilawal
Caption: Bilawal Bhutto and Afzal Chan address a joint news conference in Lahore.
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PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari while delivering a ‘deadline’ to the prime minister, asked Imran Khan to tender his resignation before the tabling of the no-confidence motion against him in the National Assembly, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

He was addressing a presser in Lahore along with former adviser to PM Nadeem Afzal Chan Sunday who on the occasion announced his return to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), saying it was a mistake to join the PPP.

Bilawal said that the government was under immense pressure these days and issued a deadline to the premier asking him to step down before the tabling of no-trust motion. He asked PM Khan to dissolve assemblies if he had confidence in people.

“The prime minister has already threatened to dissolve assemblies,” Bilawal said adding that he should do it right now.

Hitting out at the premier, the PPP chairman said that the nation had been listening to Khan Sahib’s rhetoric for the last three years adding that he was in the habit of taking U-turn on every issue. He was of the view that no-confidence was a mega test for the government.

He said if Imran Khan did not resign from the premiership then they would bring no-confidence motion against him after reaching Islamabad.

“We have defeated the government in the National Assembly before and we will beat it again,” Bilawal roared.

The PPP chief said though it (no-trust move) was a difficult task but they would have to work hard on it and try it.

“At the time of no-confidence motion, it will be revealed who stays neutral and who backs the move,” he said meaningfully adding that he believed that government did not enjoy the confidence of the majority in the house, rather the majority had been imposed.

Bilawal said that whatever decision the joint opposition took, the PPP would accept that. 

He divulged that the opposition trio - PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and PDM Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman – would meet again soon to discuss opposition’s anti-government overtures. 

On a vitriolic question posed by a journalist regarding PML-N, the PPP chairman told him off saying ‘don’t try to ignite a fight between the ‘N’ and PPP’.

On this occasion, Chan said that his erstwhile decision to defect to the PTI was a mistake. Bilawal, however, welcomed him back to the party fold.

Earlier, Bilawal reached the residence of former SAPM Nadeem Afzal Chan in Lahore along with other PPP leaders including Qamar Zaman Kaira, Khursheed Shah, Sherry Rehman, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and others.

Chan welcomed Bilawal Bhutto and other party leaders.

24NewsHD reported earlier that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Afzal Chan has decided to rejoin Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

Chan resigned from the post of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Coordination. In Oct 2017, Nadeem resigned from the post of Secretary-General of PPP Punjab and joined PTI. He contested the general elections on the party ticket from NA-88 (Sargodha -I), but lost the contest. His brother Gulraiz Afzal Chan is currently a PTI member of the Punjab Assembly from PP-68 constituency of Malakwal.

Nasir Bagh rally

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will address a mammoth rally at Nasir Bagh in Lahore later today (Sunday) where he reached yesterday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

After the chairman’s address, the PPP Jialas would head to Gujranwala. The ‘City of Wrestlers’ is fully prepared to throw a warm welcome to the PPP marchers. The whole city was decorated with PPP flags. An old disabled man who was so excited over Bilawal’s arrival in the city, kept on dancing in the street. 

Kharian city is also ready to receive Bilawal-led march after it leaves Gujranwala. 

Bilawal is quite buoyant over its march and believes that opposition would remove government of the ‘Selected prime minster’ and establish a People’s government. 

The PPP chairman spent the night at Bilawal House, Lahore and then went to the residence of Nadeem Afzal Chun where he had his breakfast. 

Meanwhile, PPP Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani said the Punjab government was blocking the roads and put the marchers on different routes. He deplored that the administration hurled stones at the vehicles which were part of the Awami march in Chichawatni. .

He maintained that the long march that started from Karachi was successful.

He lashed out at the government for recent terror incidents in the country saying it betrayed that the government was inept. He called upon the federal government to take serious measures to stem terrorism.

PPP Senator Sherry Rehman wrote in her tweet posted on Sunday: “Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's Awami March is proving to be a game changer. From Karachi to Lahore the public support and enthusiastic response is wonderful and amazing. Public participation is increasing with each passing day and city. Bilawal Bhutto and the PPP have once again proved to be a real party of people.

“The old Jialas of Punjab have become active once again and the new generation is leaning towards the liberal and progressive political ideology of the PPP which is a positive development in the political scenario of the country. Now the people have become disillusioned with hollow slogans and claims, they want to become a part of a real political movement. 2/3

“Through Awami March, the nation has cast a no-confidence vote against the government. Today the people of Lahore will present a vote of no confidence. Even before the march reaches Islamabad, an uneasiness could be seen in the government circles. The Prime Minister has remembered his people and allies only after PPP’s Awami March, but now it is too late.” 3/3

Reporter Usman Javed