PTI’s core committee agrees to increase contacts with allied parties
PM Imran hopes opposition’s no-confidence motion will fail
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Senior Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders on Monday agreed to increase contacts with the parties, part of the coalition government at Center, as well as members of dissident groups within the ruling party in order to enlist their support for foiling the opposition’s no-trust motion, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The agreement was reached at the party’s core committee’s meeting, which was convened in Islamabad to discuss the strategy to counter the opposition’s motion.
The party leaders, on the occasion, gave Prime Minister Imran Khan the power to fix the date for convening the National Assembly (NA) session for voting on the no-confidence motion.
The core committee members including Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Shafqat Mehmood, Asad Umer, Asad Qaiser, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Atif Khan, Shireen Mazari, Shiekh Rasheed Ahmed, Hammad Azhar, Ali Amin Gandapur, Ali Zaidi, Amir Dogar, Imran Ismael, Ghulam Sarwar, Babar Awan, Chaudhry Sarwar, Qasim Khan Suri, Khusro Bakhtiar, Haleem Adil Sheikh, Shahbaz Gill, Arbab Ghulam Rahim and others attended the meeting.
Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Shah Farman, Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan and Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar attended the meeting via video-link.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the ruling party would hold a large public gathering at Islamabad’s D-Chowk to show its popular support. “There is nothing to worry about since people are with us. And in the end, we will emerge as winners,” he expressed the optimism.
Sources told 24News that the prime minister, on the occasion, also sought opinion and guidance from the PTI’s legal experts.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed told PM Imran that the government allies were still with it.
Although, soon after the motion was submitted, the ruling party was not worried since it believed that its allies were would support it.
But later, alarm bells started ringing in the PTI’s ranks when the allies namely Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan and Balochistan Awami Party started giving different statements.
The ruling party also split into two in Punjab, the country largest province (population-wise), after members of the Jahangir Khan Tareen (JKT) group openly voiced their opposition to Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, leaving the prime minister and members of his team worried as to what would happen if the party dissidents chose to vote for the no-trust motion.
The joint opposition had submitted the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan to the National Assembly Secretariat six days back, on March 8, 2022, at a time when Speaker Asad Qaiser was not present.
PML-N leaders Ayaz Sadiq, holding a file in his hands, probably the documents he and other opposition leaders wanted to submit, Saad Rafique and Marriyum Aurangzeb submitted the motion on Tuesday afternoon.
And they were not alone as PPP's Shazia Marri, Alia Kamran and Syed Naveed Qamar and JUI's Shahida Akhtar Ali also accompanied them on the occasion.
Reporter: Awais Kiani