PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, an ally of ruling party, has refuted the horse-trading claim of the PTI and said that this is the “first” no-trust move in which “no one is buying or selling votes.”

“Such reports are nothing but a propaganda,” said Shujaat in an official statement on Friday.

The PML-Q leader said that he had been “closely” watching the situation through newspapers and TV and noting the allegations that “bundles of notes” are being distributed ahead of the no-confidence motion.

Even Prime Minister Imran Khan had mentioned that “bundles of notes” were being distributed in Sindh House, he added.

“This is the first no-confidence motion in which no one is buying or selling votes, this is just propaganda,” said Shujaat.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had claimed a day ago that the Sindh House in Islamabad, “is currently the centre of horse-trading,” while accusing the opposition of buying the votes of MNAs.

He had alleged that there were “reports of huge sums of money being shifted to the Sindh House,” adding that the PPP has deputed police outside it to accommodate people there.

The PML-Q leader said that the government always tries to stop public gatherings and it was the “first time” that the opposition and the government were holding rallies on the same issue. The opposition is insisting on holding public gatherings due to the government’s announcement. 

“[I am] appealing once again that the opposition and the government delay their public gatherings,” said the PML-Q leader. “If someone dies or gets killed, then everyone will regret it,” he added.

“Federal ministers say [an MNA] will have to bypass one million people if they wish to cast a vote against Imran Khan. When a voter decides to cast his vote, then a crowd of 1 million or 100 million will not be able to stop him,” said the PML-Q leader. 

The opposition parties moved a no-confidence motion seeking the ouster of PM Imran Khan on March 8, accusing him of “mismanaging the economy and poor governance.”

After submitting the no-confidence motion in the NA Secretariat, the opposition is trying to woo the PTI allies in supporting its no-trust move, while the government has ramped up the efforts of retaining its allies.

Amid all this, the PTI has called for a public gathering on March 27 — a day before the no-confidence motion. Soon after the announcement, the opposition also announced that it would lead a long march to Islamabad ahead of the no-confidence motion. 


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