No room for minus Imran in PTI: Qureshi – Pakistan

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi said Friday that there was no room for a minus one in the PTI, referring to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday.

“Everything is fine except Imran Khan,” he said at a press conference in Islamabad with Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhry and Minister of Planning and Development Asad Umar.

The Minister resolutely declared that the PTI had ‘no room for a minus one’ and added that any misunderstandings should be deleted.

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Qureshi advised dissident MNAs, including those staying at the Sindh House in Islamabad, to reconsider their decisions. Calling them “smart” people, Qureshi said the MNA knew the law, the Constitution, and the powers of the PTI.

“If they are elected as bats (the election symbol of the PTI), there is hope attached to it. All parties disagree, but this will be resolved. You cannot sit on your opponent’s lap.”

When it was his turn to speak, Chaudhry claimed that the PTI MNA was “in captivity” at the Sindh House.

“They should be free to make their own decisions and be released,” he said.

Several MNAs from the ruling PTI, who had ‘hidden’ at the Sindh House the day before, proved themselves true to the opposition’s claim that they secured members of the ruling coalition by revealing themselves.

The revelations come a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan and some cabinet ministers, who revealed that Islamabad’s Sindh House had become a hub for buying and selling members, accused opponents of indulging in the horse trade ahead of a decisive vote on a no-confidence resolution. no see. .

Raja Riaz of the Jahangir Tareen group claimed to have 24 PTI members staying at the Sindh House, while Noor Alam Khan claimed there were over 24 dissidents.

Most of those who joined the PTI before the 2018 general election said they were staying at the facility of their own accord.

All of them refuted claims that they had been offered money to make the opposition’s no-confidence measures successful. However, when asked if lawmakers had decided to support the opposition’s resolution of no confidence in the prime minister, they showed a diplomatic stance, saying, “I will vote according to my conscience.”

At a press conference that day, the foreign minister told lawmakers that the PTI would make a big political mistake if it opposes a party decision.

He appealed to them to reconsider their decisions, to weigh their choices “with a cool mind” and to make decisions that are not against their party.

Qureshi added that PTI’s political committee has decided to oppose the presidential nomination with good cause notice if, under law, constitution and ethics, the MNA chooses to become a dissident despite an appeal.

The minister’s remarks came hours after Chaudhry said the government would submit a reference to the Supreme Court asking for an interpretation of section 63(A) of the Constitution relating to the disqualification of members of parliament for defection.

“The Supreme Court will inquire about the legal status of a party member’s vote in exchange for a payment in exchange for which party members explicitly engage in a horse trade and change their will,” he said.

Chaudhry said he would seek advice from the Supreme Court for advice on whether people who change party affiliation for financial reasons could lose their qualifications for life or run for re-election.

According to Article 63 (A) of the Constitution, a member of the National Assembly may be disqualified on the ground of defection if he or she votes or abstains from the House of Representatives against the direction of their party in relation to the election. Prime Minister or Prime Minister, or Ballot of Confidence or Ballot of Confidence, or Monetary Measures or Constitutional (Amendment) Measures”.

The article states that the party leader must declare in writing that the MNA has departed, but must “give the party member an opportunity to explain why he cannot make such a declaration” before making the declaration. .

At today’s press conference, Chaudhry said he approached the SC to clarify “whether the constitution permits the horse trade.”

“We have asked the Supreme Court whether lawmakers who have been judged ineligible in this case can run for re-election or have their qualifications disqualified for the rest of their lives,” he added.

He said a reference to this purpose would be submitted on Monday.

Allies will never part.”

Earlier in a press conference, Qureshi argued that PTI’s allies would not part with the ruling party and would not make “political decisions”.

The foreign minister said the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, a key PTI ally in Zhongdo and Punjab, “is a political family that makes political decisions, not emotional ones.”

“It was the PML-N that threw a thorn in their path in the 2018 general election,” he recalled, adding, “We need to understand the position they support PML-N.”

On the other hand, PTI supported them, Qureshi said.

So he said, “In my political opinion, they will never trust the PML-N.”

In this regard, he also spoke of speculation that PML-Q had been offered the post of Prime Minister of Punjab.

“But if there is a majority of PML-N MPs in the National Assembly and a PML-N Minister in the Federal Cabinet, how long can you work and work effectively with the Prime Minister?” he asked

The minister said he did not expect PML-Q to make “apolitical” decisions.

He also said there is speculation about MQM-P breaking with the government.

“But it would be illogical if MQM took a PPP-dependent way,” he added. “This is not a political decision and I do not believe MQM will make such a decision.”

Governor’s Rules

In response to Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid’s proposal to implement governor’s rule in Sindh, Chaudry said the government “will not use this option for the time being.”

“But we will see if the situation remains the same in the future,” he added.

FM Qureshi also told journalists that the issue was discussed at a political committee meeting today and that all participants agreed that it was not necessary.

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