Amidst all this speculation, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has claimed that the ruling party stands with Imran Khan and there is no question of his removal. He said that the party is not going to leave Imran Khan alone. Whatever claims Qureshi may make, but it is being said in media reports that Qureshi has started strengthening his position. On one hand, the rebel MPs of PTI are being attacked from Imran Khan to other leaders, while Qureshi has so far taken a soft stand.
MQMP raises questions on Imran Khan’s future
Qureshi on Friday asked the rebel MPs sitting in Sindh House to think with a cool mind and said the party was ready to listen to their “legitimate concerns”. “If they win on PTI ticket, then there is a hope attached to them. There are differences within every party but they can be resolved. You cannot sit on the lap of the opposition. Earlier, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, the coordinator of MQMP, an ally in the Imran government, had also claimed that given the no-confidence motion of the opposition, it is unlikely that Imran Khan will continue in power.
Khalid said that PTI should handle the current political crisis cautiously. “If the advisors are right, a decision can be taken to save democracy and Pakistan,” he said. The PTI government may survive but the prime minister is unlikely to survive. The United Opposition of Pakistan has asked the President of the National Assembly to allow a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday instead of adjourning the session for several days. When the Speaker tried to adjourn the session, the opposition warned that he would stall the OIC Foreign Ministers’ Conference.
Opposition threatens Imran Khan on OIC meeting
Pakistan Peoples Party’s Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s Shahbaz Sharif, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s Fazlur Rehman and other leaders held a press conference after an important meeting of opposition parties in Islamabad on Saturday. He warned the Speaker of the National Assembly that if he adjourns the session citing the OIC convention, the opposition members would stage a sit-in in the National Assembly Hall. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said, ‘We will see how you call the OIC conference.’ The OIC conference is to be held on March 22 and 23 in the same hall. Bilawal said that in the face of a certain defeat, Imran Khan has resorted to undemocratic tactics. He said the government wanted to create a constitutional crisis so that a “third force” could take advantage of the situation.