LAHORE : (Web Desk) – As political temperatures in the country rise, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid on Tuesday assured Prime Minister Imran Khan of its steadfast support against the opposition’s no-confidence motion.
This was said in a meeting of Prime Minister Imran Khan with Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi in Lahore on Tuesday. Federal Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi, Chaudhry Salik, Shafay Hussain, Husain Elahi, Muntaha Ashraf, Muhammad Khan Bhatti, Tariq Bashir Cheema were present in the meeting.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood, Minister for Industries & Production Khusro Bakhtiar, PTI MNA Amir Dogar, Advisor for Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production, and Investment of Pakistan Abdul Razak Dawood also attended the meeting.
Inside Story of the meeting
According to the inside story of the meeting, Chaudhry brothers have assured PM Imran Khan of their steadfast support.
They said that Leader of Opposition in National Assembly and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif visited them after 14 years, adding that they told Shehbaz Sharif that PM Imran Khan’s position would strengthen if opposition’s no-confidence motion failed to remove him and they [Chaudhry brothers] would sink under the ground.
“What is the use of such move that is bound to fail,” Chaudhry brothers told Shehbaz Sharif.
Meanwhile, the prime minister also took the Chaudhry brothers into confidence on their visit to Russia and China and said that many people told him not to go to Russia to which he replied that it would be inappropriate to cancel the visit now.
PM prays for Chaudhry Shujaat’s speedy recovery
PM Imran Khan also prayed for speedy recovery of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. Meanwhile, PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain thanked Imran Khan. .
Earlier today, according to inside story of meeting between Siraj-ul-Haq and Chaudhry Shujaat, the head of the PML-Q Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain had said that both Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are against Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi becoming Chief Minister of Punjab.
According to sources familiar with the development, a member of Jamaat-e-Islami delegation asked the PML-Q head whether he has made up his mind about making Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as Chief Minister of Punjab.
On this, Chaudhry Shujaat said that if matters are settled than it takes no time to make up the mind; however, both PTI and PML-N do not want Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as chief minister of the province.
He went on to say that both parties fear that politicians who left PML-Q to join these parties will return back.
As political temperature soars, Prime Minister Imran Khan faces the heat of a no-confidence motion in the coming weeks, as announced by the opposition parties in the National Assembly.
The 342-member National Assembly must have 172 votes for the no-confidence motion to ensure PM Imran Khan’s removal. Though no date is decided yet for the vote, the opposition parties have expressed confident that it can also get the required number.
To galvanise legislators for the vote, the three major opposition parties have united to remove the prime minister from office.
Opposition parties had also expressed satisfaction over the progress made over the no-confidence motion; however the date for tabling the motion will be decided by the central leadership.
In the last meeting of opposition parties, majority of the attendees suggested first tabling the no-confidence motion in Centre against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The opposition decided to continue contacts with allies of the government but was confident that it can also get the required number even without support of government’s coalition partners.
On the occasion, former president Asif Ali Zardari said that time was running out so Imran Khan should be targeted first and others including Usman Buzdar and Speaker of National Assembly Asad Qaiser will be dealt with later.