The People’s Party (PPP) and the Nawaz League (PML-N) have barred their members of the National Assembly (MNAs) from travelling abroad in a bid to make the no-confidence motion against the PTI-led government a success.
The leaderships of both parties have asked them to ensure their presence in Islamabad.
The move aims to stop the MNAs from becoming part of official delegations going abroad amid the possible submission of a requisition and a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly.
“Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has directed all MNAs of the party to remain in Islamabad,” PPP Information Secretary Shazia Marri said on Sunday.
Meanwhile, PML-N Information Secretary Marriyam Aurangzeb said the party members would not be part of any foreign tour nominated by Speaker Asad Qaiser.
She said all members of the party had been instructed to stay in the country.
OPPOSITION ASSEMBLES: Members of the joint opposition have started to gather in the federal capital for the success of the planned no-confidence motion against the prime minister, which may be tabled in the house on Tuesday or Wednesday.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif is already in Islamabad while other leaders of the party have been directed to reach the capital to attend a parliamentary party meeting.
The meeting will be held at the residence of Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, to be presided over by Shehbaz Sharif and addressed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. It will finalise details of the no-confidence motion, whether to be tabled against the Speaker or directly against PM Imran.
It is learned that all possibilities, including arrests of MNAs on various pretexts, were also discussed by the opposition leadership. In case of arrests of MNAs and the Speaker not issuing production orders for them, a no-confidence motion could be tabled against Asad Qaiser first. However, the final decision will be taken in the parliamentary party meeting.
Meanwhile, PML-N Punjab President Rana Sanaullah, Khwaja Saad Rafiq and former speaker Ayaz Sadiq were given a task to meet PTI parliamentarians, who were ready to support the opposition.