After no-confidence resolution, efforts to dislodge Buzdar gather steam – Pakistan

Lahore/Islamabad: All firearms appear to have been aimed at the Punjab prime minister after opposition parties submitted a resolution of no confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly. It was against the backdrop that the Prime Minister met Usman Buzdar and reassured him that he would continue to rule the province until the end of his five-year term in office.

Shortly after the no-confidence motion was submitted, Khan met with several digital journalists and resolutely stated that he had nowhere to go and that he was not afraid of opposition movements.

According to the intelligence minister, Buzdar also had one-on-one meetings with Imran Khan at the PM House. According to media reports, CM Punjab has offered to resign to appease disgruntled PTI leaders Aleem Khan and Jehangir Tareen that the Prime Minister has demanded PTI’s dismissal. However, Khan refused to resign and told Buzdar that he would continue to serve as Prime Minister of Punjab until PTI comes to power.

The prime minister told reporters that Buzdar was an “easy target” and only hated people looking at the prime minister’s office.

Imran convinces CM that he will stay to the end, and both meet MNA from Punjab.

Separately, Khan held meetings in his office with several lawmakers including Fazal Muhammad Khan, Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Amjad Khan Niazi, Makhdoom Samiul Hassan, Yaqoob Sheikh, Sajida Zulfiqar and Andleeb Abbas.

Senior PTI leaders Asad Umar, Pervaiz Khattak, Shafqat Mehmood and Amir Dogar also attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Buzdar also jumped into action and met the MNA from Punjab to discuss the current political situation, strategies to combat no-confidence legislation, and future course of action.

When Alim and Tarin demanded that the prime minister be fired, the federal government appeased disgruntled party leaders and asked for a replacement. However, PML-Q’s Chaudhrys warned coalition partner PTI ahead of time about considering PM Khan’s ‘old friend’ Aleem Khan’s name as a CM position.

Katak’s Shuttle Diplomacy

Defense Minister Pervaiz Khattak was in contact with PML-Q leadership on a Buzdar-related dilemma with the Tareen group, which is said to consist of more than 24 MPAs and about 10 MNAs, from southern Punjab on Tuesday. “Mr. Katak told Tarin Group that if he did not like CM Buzdar, he should propose a replacement, and the government could consider it,” said an insider. Serb.

The Tareen group had another meeting on Tuesday where PTI’s senior leaders spoke with supporters via video link in London. Members pledged to remain united under the leadership of Mr Tareen.

After the meeting, Nauman Langrial, a member of the Buzdar cabinet, confirmed with reporters Mr Khatak and their contacts. “Our group is ready to hold talks with the government, but only under the Minus-Bujdar formula. In fact, the situation has crossed minus Buzdar.” He claimed and dismissed reports that the group was floating around Aleem Khan’s name.

“Our leader is Mr. Tarin, and he must make a decision on the name of the Punjab Prime Minister or negotiate with the opposition.”

Regarding the opposition’s contact with the group, Langrial said, “Other political parties have contacted us and we are updating Tareen in this regard.”

Meanwhile, a PML-Q spokesperson said: Serb Khatak is said to have contacted the party and asked for opinions on whether Aleem Khan would be considered as Prime Minister of Punjab.

“PML-Q flatly rejected Aleem support,” he said.

“The party leadership told the minister that another name could be considered, but not Aleem’s.

Reportedly, during a meeting with Prime Minister Khan, CM Buzdar suggested that the PML-Q leader, as a seasoned politician, could handle the local situation, proposed Punjab Parliamentary Chairman Chaudhry Parvez Elahi as Prime Minister. to his political influence.

“PTI leadership faces a double risk. “If Ali agrees to assume the premiership of Punjab, the Chodri will be outraged, and if they respect the views of the alliance, the Tarin group could break up with Imran Khan.”

Buzdar Marshall Support

Meanwhile, Buzdar also met with some MNAs who met with the prime minister this morning. Those who requested CM at the Punjab House in Islamabad included PTI’s chief whip Malik Amir Dogar, Makhdoom Syed Samiul Hassan Gillani, Dr Muhammad Afzal Dhandla and Ghulam Bibi Bharwana.

According to a press statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, the MNA has restored trust in Prime Minister Khan and Buzdar. Buzdar voiced his views and vowed to oppose the opposition’s no-confidence bill. “We are all united and always will be,” he insisted.

He argued that the opposition lacked the number of MPs needed to successfully pass the no-confidence bill. Prime Minister Imran Khan has enjoyed and will continue to enjoy the support of all lawmakers, he said.

Speaking about the meeting with the prime minister, Punjab government spokesman Hasaan Khawar said that CM Buzdar did not oppose Aleem or support Elahi with regard to media reports about his choice to become prime minister.

Although PML-Q maintained support for Imran Khan, PML-N leaders are of the opinion that Chaudhrys should eventually join the opposition due to the changing political environment. “We are in touch with the PML-Q leadership and are trying to persuade them to join the opposition for the sake of their own politics as well as the people,” said a senior PML-N leader. Serb. He argued that not only Chaudhrys, but MQM and BAP would join the opposition movement to oust Khan.

Amir Waseem also contributed to this report.

Posted at Serb on March 9, 2022