Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman appeared to be on the same page regarding a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Both leaders in a meeting at Fazal’s Islamabad residence on Monday night agreed on formulating a joint political roadmap against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. Besides the no-trust move and various options to make it a success, they also discussed the political situation in the country.
The meeting continued for about two hours, including one-on-one talks for half an hour. It was the first meeting between former president Zardari and Fazal after the PPP’s departure from the PDM. Both avoided any interaction with the media after the meeting; however, the JUIF issued a joint statement after the meeting.
It is learnt that Zardari told the Maulana that he should consult with all the component parties of the PDM on the issue of a no-confidence motion in order to get support of required number of MNAs to dislodge the government.
Insiders said that they also discussed the move to contact disgruntled PTI legislators. They had discussion on the upcoming long march of the PPP. Maulana Fazal also expressed his optimism over the success of the game plan of the opposition against the government, saying that soon he would give a surprise to the government. The JUI-F chief said that people are looking towards the opposition while the allies of the government were also disappointed with it.
According to the joint statement issued by the JUI-F, Maulana Fazal said in the meeting that it was time for incompetent rulers to leave as people are fed up with inflation and unemployment.
“The selected government has lost the trust of the people and this is time the opposition moves forward with consensus among all parties.”
Zardari said in the meeting that people are looking towards the opposition while government allies are also fed up with the government policies, the JUI-F statement concluded.