Pakistan: PDM meet to discuss no-confidence option

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Islamabad, Jan 13 : President of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Maulana Fazlur Rehman has convened a meeting of the heads of component parties of the alliance on January 25 to discuss “options” to dismantle the present set-up under the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) which include tabling of a no-confidence motion against the government, the Dawn reported on Thursday.

Maulana made this announcement while talking to reporters after his meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif.

“We are considering options which can be used to immediately send this government packing,” said Maulana Fazl while seeking support from the PTI allies.

This is the first time that the PML-N and JUI-F, the two major components of the PDM, had talked about tabling a no-confidence motion in parliament. Earlier, the two parties had always opposed the idea that had initially been floated by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) which was once part of the opposition alliance.

The PPP had suggested to the PDM parties to table a no-confidence motion against Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar with the hope that the PML-Q led by Chaudhry Pervez Elahi would also support the move, if the party was given the option of forming the government in Punjab.

The PPP had also proposed that they could move a no-confidence motion against National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser as a test case, before moving such a motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

However, PML-N senior vice president Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had said earlier that his party will not consider moving a no-confidence motion against the PTI governments at the Centre or in Punjab till it was clear that the Constitution was supreme in the country and the system was being run without “interference” as per democratic principles and norms.


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