Allies are blackmailing Pak PM Imran Khan? The stand of 4 coalition parties on the no-confidence motion is not clear

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Islamabad: Four key coalition partners of the government led by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan are yet to decide their stand on the opposition’s no-confidence motion against them. However, one of them has ‘blackmailed’ the government in return for support, adding to the problem ahead of the crucial vote in the parliament of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. This information has been given in a news on Sunday. The Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q), an important ally of PTI at the Center and in Punjab province, has reportedly asked Prime Minister Khan to name Chaudhry Pervez Elahi as the Chief Minister of Punjab in place of Usman Buzdar, Dawn newspaper reported. But said. Home Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Saturday alleged that the PML-Q was “blackmailing” the government in return for support. Criticizing Ahmed, Water Resources Minister Chaudhry Moonis Elahi alleged on Twitter that the Home Minister “used to take money from top party leaders during his student days”. It came during a press conference in Quetta when PML-Q leaders decided to meet again on Sunday to finalize the party’s stand and strategy after a consultation meeting here on Saturday. PML-Q Senator Kamil Ali Agha said, “We condemn the Prime Minister’s speech. We consider it shameful.” When asked about the reason for the delay in taking the decision, Agha said that his party leadership has always taken the decision after deliberation and discussion. Responding to another question, Agha denied reports that Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had asked him to merge the party with PTI for the post of Punjab Chief Minister. The PML-Q senator hit out at the information minister, saying he does not consider him a suitable person to talk about such serious political matters. Agha criticized the Home Minister for targeting the PML-Q and said it seemed he was afraid of losing the ministry. According to the news, it seems that three other allies- Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) are waiting for each other’s decision. The news said that given the party’s position in the National Assembly, it is clear that if any two of the four allies decide to leave the ruling coalition, Prime Minister Khan will lose a majority in the 342-member house. Earlier, Home Minister Ahmed had said that he stood like a rock with the prime minister but was not responsible for other allies “as even five members are blackmailing him for the chief minister’s post in Punjab”. Asked who he was calling a ‘blackmailer’, he said, “I am talking about Punjab politics.” And decided to deploy Frontier Corps personnel so that no law and order problem arises. Meanwhile, according to a report in Geo News, the National Assembly (NA) Secretariat has declared the no-confidence motion of opposition parties against Prime Minister Khan valid. The NA Secretariat has advised President Asad Kaiser to convene the session before March 22. Prime Minister Khan came to power in 2018 and the next general election is due in 2023. In Pakistan’s 342-member National Assembly, the opposition needs the support of 172 members to oust Prime Minister Khan from power.

[Attribution to NBT]

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