The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Monday joined hands with the opposition parties and decided to go for an in-house change after seeking approval from the party’s supremo, Nawaz Sharif.
Party insiders said the decision was taken to give tough time to the PTI-led government.
According to reports, the decision was made during a “backdoor” meeting with the PPP, while the PML-N has also contacted the JUI leadership to get it on board.
It is learnt that JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PMLN President Shehbaz Sharif will meet in a few days to discuss further strategies.
Earlier, the PML-N was also not in favour of an in-house change proposed by another party in the opposition alliance PDM.
A PML-N insider said that the party was reluctant to favour the no-confidence move as long as the powers that be were fully backing Imran Khan.
BILAWAL SPEAKS: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, meanwhile, said that Imran Khan used to tell the people “not to worry” with the economic hardship but now we tell him to start worrying.
“Wherever I go, the people ask one question that when the government will be dislodged and we want to say to the people of Pakistan that we will fulfil their demand and we are trying our best to send this government packing,” he said while responding to a question that Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the next three months are vital for the government, during a press talk.
Bilawal said that we would keep opposing this callous government in and outside the parliament. “We have decided to come from all over the country to Islamabad and protest against this government and send it home” he added.
He said that the PPP had given a clear road map to hurt this government in the PDM and “we cannot rule out any option including no-confidence motion.”
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan used to say that he would resign if 50 people ask him to resign. “He is glued to the government despite people’s demand to resign,” he added.
Responding to a question, Bilawal said this mini-budget is another economic bomb on the common people. He said Imran Khan is imposing taxes on essential items used by the poor people of Pakistan like milk for infant, bicycle and sewing machines. “Imran Khan is surrendering the State Bank of Pakistan before the IMF,” he said.
He said the prime minister himself had promised the nation that he would come to parliament every Wednesday and give his answer. “We are still waiting for this Wednesday, don’t know when that Wednesday will come,” he said.
In a response to another question with regard to legislation on State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Bilawal said SBP which is a national bank is being made subordinate to IMF instead of answering to Parliament and courts.
“At the behest of the IMF, the SBP is being removed from the scope of the parliament and the judiciary.”
Regarding NAB, he said the PPP had already declared the NAB as a black law.
“Now the NAB people themselves have been caught stealing and the NAB claims that it has recovered billions of rupees but here is no such record but they have to answer of every penny,” he said.
Bilawal demanded that all NAB employees including chairman NAB should declare their assets. “It has to be stated how many assets were there before coming to NAB and how many are there now,” he said.