‘No-trust motion against Imran to be decided by March 31’


Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said: “People must shun the idea that Imran’s politics is teetering on the brink, especially after his ‘great’ rally in Islamabad a day ago.”…reports Asian Lite News

Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Monday insisted that the fate of the opposition’s no-confidence resolution against Prime Minister Imran Khan would be decided by March 31, Dawn reported.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Rashid said the situation on the day of voting on the no-confidence resolution could change even an hour before the vote, observing that it was the opposition, and not the government, that needed to show the strength of 172 lawmakers.

“People must shun the idea that Imran’s politics is teetering on the brink, especially after his ‘great’ rally in Islamabad a day ago.”

He also called the opposition’s campaign against the prime minister “a conspiracy to weaken Pakistan”.

The Interior Minister said international conspiracies were often hatched against countries with a weak economy.

“An independent foreign policy can only be introduced by a brave leader,” he said, referring to Khan.

In response to a question about the claim made by the premier that he had written evidence of a “foreign-funded conspiracy” out to topple his government, Rashid reiterated that international conspiracies were a reality, but added he no idea about the letter that the Prime Minister had referred to in his speech on Sunday.

Talking about national institutions, the Interior Minister said he saw Pakistan Army as a symbol of Pakistan’s integrity, Dawn news reported.

“They keep an eye on politics as a whole and not any individual … whatever they decide will be in favour of Pakistan,” he said

Unaware of ‘written letter’

Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Monday said he does not have any information about the written letter received by Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan that stated that money has been pouring in from abroad and some PTI members are trying to topple the government, Pak media reported.

He said the “written letter” provides evidence that “money has been pouring in from abroad,” Geo TV reported.

“I have never seen any government complete its tenure; however, my perception has changed after the historic PTI rally was held yesterday, where the turnout of supporters was massive,” Rasheed was quoted as saying by the Pakistani channel Geo TV.

He added that after 1977, this was his first time to lead a rally.

Regarding the Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) public gathering scheduled today, Rasheed said that the JUI-F is not allowed to hold the public rally today and sit-in as their no-objection certificate (NOC) has expired; however, the opposition party Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) has permission to hold their rally today.

“Imran Khan (Pakistani PM) is laying the foundation of an independent foreign policy,” he further added.

Rasheed said that he stands with the Pakistani PM whether he holds power or not.

Rasheed further said that he had advised the Pakistani PM to call for an early election after Hajj and also asked to dissolve the Punjab Assembly and impose governor’s rule in Sindh as Members of National Assembly (MNAs) were being bought.

Pakistani PM on Sunday, while addressing a public rally in Islamabad’s Parade Ground, flashed the letter before the people and said that he has “written evidence” that “money has been pouring in from abroad,” while “some of our people are being used to topple the government,” according to Geo TV. (ANI)

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