Sit-in at NA if non-confidence is not taken: opposition

ISLAMABAD: The Combined Opposition threatened on Saturday to stage a sit-in in the National Assembly if the President did not allow the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan to be moved to Monday, March 21.

“We will not leave the National Assembly hall and we will see how you will hold the OIC session there if the speaker does not allow the non-confidence resolution to be proposed,” said PPP President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, during a press conference, with the other opposition leaders.

Bilawal said they would hold a sit-in there if the speaker did not authorize the non-confidence resolution shortly after offering Fateha to the deceased MP on the same day (March 21). However, later a PPP spokesperson said Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s statement was not aimed at the OIC FM Council session but at the government. The statement said foreign ministers of Muslim states are guests of Pakistan and are respectable to all political parties in the country.

The session of the OIC FM Council is scheduled for March 22-23 in the National Assembly Hall. Opposition party leaders held a major meeting on Saturday at the residence of opposition leader and PMLN chairman Shehbaz Sharif in the Ministers’ Enclave to fine-tune the strategy for a successful no-confidence resolution.

They discussed a counter-strategy in case the government and the president delay the vote on the no-confidence resolution. The opposition parties had submitted the censure resolution as well as a requisition to the Secretariat of the National Assembly on March 8, to convene the Chamber. According to the rules of the National Assembly, the president is required to convene the requisitioned session within 14 days of the tabling of the resolution.

The opposition meeting was attended by Shehbaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Khwaja Asif and others.

Bilawal told the media that he would convince other opposition leaders not to leave the house if President Asad Qaiser tried to take undemocratic measures. “We will remain on the floor of the National Assembly until we get our right,” Bilawal added.

He said the government was conspiring to take the path of violence to stop voting on the no-confidence resolution, but he said he wanted to tell people that Imran Khan had lost a majority in the National Assembly .

Bilawal alleged that the Prime Minister wanted to follow an anti-democratic course as he first attacked the Parliament and then the House of Sindh which was tantamount to attacking a uniting unit. “Imran Khan also wanted to create a constitutional crisis to give the third power a chance,” he alleged. He said Imran had been defeated and the bureaucracy was not bound to take orders from him. “The president should also not accept any suggestion from Imran Khan,” he added.

Bilawal appreciated the Supreme Court for knowing about the attack on Sindh House. Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif also supported Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s views and announced the organization of a sit-in inside the National Assembly if the debates did not proceed according to the rules. He said the Speaker was obligated to call the requisitioned session and run the House in accordance with the Constitution and the rules. “We are Pakistanis and we will not allow you to violate the Constitution,” he added.

He said it was against the spirit of the Constitution if the defection clause of the Constitution was applied before using the right to vote, saying that there were chances of enactment of the presidential order in this regard.

Shehbaz said Imran Khan accused his own members of taking money, while his allies denied the same allegations, which was a slap in the face. He wondered if the PTI leadership did not engage in bargaining during the elections in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. “Wasn’t it a bargain when six of the PMLN Punjab Assembly MPAs met with Imran Khan,” he said.

Shehbaz also warned the IG Police Punjab, commissioners and other government officials not to become tools in the hands of Imran Khan; otherwise, they would be held responsible.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman asked where was the voice of conscience when the PTI leadership brought people on a plane, and now Imran Khan and his ministers were treating their party members like donkeys and mules. The PDM leader said that the opposition has already won the war against the PTI government and will accomplish the remaining mission successfully.

Asked to comment on what would happen if Prime Minister Imran Khan retired prematurely as head of an institution, Fazlur Rehman said Imran Khan could not do so once a no-confidence resolution had been passed. submitted against him. “No one will accept his decision,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Combined Opposition, in a statement issued on Saturday, announced that it would warmly welcome distinguished foreign guests upon their arrival in Islamabad to attend the 48th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC, which will be held on March 22 and 23.

Opposition leaders said the country’s internal political situation and confrontation would not be allowed to impact the OIC session. “The arrival of respectable guests will be a great pleasure and pride for us,” they said.

The opposition announcement came hours after Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and opposition leader Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said they would stage a sit-in in the National Assembly Hall on March 21 if the President did not authorize the filing of the declaration of non-confidence. resolution on the same date.

The statement said the opposition leaders praise the commitment and spirit of the participants of the OIC session with whom they will travel to Islamabad to reflect on Afghanistan, Kashmir, Palestine and others. multiple issues facing the Muslim world, during the OIC session.

The opposition assured incoming foreign guests that the combined opposition representing the people of Pakistan would welcome them to Islamabad. The opposition said it would play its part in maintaining a pleasant atmosphere in Islamabad while upholding traditions of hospitality and respect.

“We will help create such an atmosphere in which our distinguished guests can pursue their activities wholeheartedly and with concentration,” adding that this is why the opposition decided to change the dates of the long march and ordered its workers not to enter Islamabad before March 25 in the evening.

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