PM Imran Khan rules out imposition of governor’s rule in Sindh

Says ‘minus-one’ will never happen: Decides to bring presidential reference against horse trading: Sheikh Rasheed says no action will be taken against Sindh House: Appeals PTI rebels to come back as 'decisive battle' looms: Law minister advises PM for NA adjournment to defer no-trust

By: News Desk
Published: 03:04 PM, 18 Mar, 2022
PM Imran Khan rules out imposition of governor’s rule in Sindh
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Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out imposition of governor rule in Sindh, saying “I will not take any such step”, reported 24NewsHD TV channel, quoting its sources.

After detailed consultations on legal and constitutional aspects during a high-level PTI political committee meeting at Banigala on Friday, the prime minister the prime minister declared that he will not take any step to impose governor rule in Sindh rather an action will be taken against the “rebel” party members.

The meeting after reviewing different options keeping in view the no-confidence motion against the prime minister has also decided to file a presidential reference against the horse trading in the Supreme Court and the responsibility for it was assigned to Babar Awan and Amir Mahmood Kiyani.

PM Imran said no matter how much money they (opposition) spend, he will fight them and take steps that no one will dare to “trade horses” in the future.

The PM said the opposition wanted “minus-one” which was not going to happen.

On the issue of governor’s rule in Sindh, the majority participants in the meeting were of the opinion that there will be complications in legal matters and things could get worse, the sources said.

In the meeting, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed presented a summary of governor rule in Sindh and only one another federal minister was in favour of it, the sources said.

However, the prime minister also directed further consultations on the matter, the sources added.

In the meeting, the PM directed to mobilize the party organizations to make the March 27 Islamabad rally a success, the sources said.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed while briefing the media after the Prime Minister’s Bani Gala meeting, said no decision was taken regarding imposition of Governor’s rule in Sindh. He said that a summary in this connection was presented in the meeting but nothing had been decided about it so far. 

He said that the sale and purchase was going on in the Parliament’s Sindh House. However, he assured that authorities would not enter its premises while stressing that there was no room for conflict in democracy. He said it did not look like that events would lead to anarchy. 

“If conflict occurs, then the opposition must not think of government that it’s weak,” the interior minister warned. 

He appealed to the ‘sold-out’ PTI members of parliament to come back to their fold as ‘they will not be censured’. 

He said the days from March 25 till April 4 were very important in politics. He said that on March 27, Prime Minister Imran Khan would address a very big public rally. He said the premier invited million people to participate in his rally. 

Mr Rasheed was of the view that bringing no-confidence motion was opposition’s constitutional right. He said he could not say on which day the voting on no-trust would take place. Only National Assembly speaker will decide about it, he added. 

He said he was firmly standing beside Imran Khan urging other government allies to support him as it was Imran who would drive the last nail in the opposition’s coffin. 

He maintained that PM Khan would fight a decisive battle. 

When asked by a journalist what should the PM do morally given the present circumstances, Sheikh Rasheed quipped ‘morals are dead long ago.’ 

On the current Pak-Australia cricket series in Islamabad, the interior minister said all four matches between these two teams had been shifted to Lahore. 

Law minister's advice 

Earlier, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Ferogh Naseem gave legal and constitutional advice to Prime Minister Khan with regard to the no-confidence move against him. He advised that the only legal remedy was to constantly delay the motion. 

He told the premier that no-trust motion would be brought to the assembly’s agenda. He further said that the speaker of the house does have the prerogative to prorogue the house for indefinite time soon after the assembly comes into session. When the assembly will be adjourned for indefinite time, the opposition will have to submit its requisition once again for summoning the session of the house, he added. 

He said that the speaker does have the right to prorogue assembly session for a month or couple of months. 


Reporter: Awais Kiyani