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LAHORE: The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Friday decided to table no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan and will contact the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government’s allies in the centre for this purpose.
The decision was announced by PDM’s chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman while talking to journalists alongside PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif after a meeting of the opposition alliance’s constituent parties in Lahore.
Fazl said the alliance would approach the government’s allied parties to get them on board so as to acquire a voting majority in the National Assembly to bring about a no-confidence motion to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The PDM chief said that all Opposition parties that were present during the meeting have decided nemine contradicente that this “illegal government should be sent packing.”
“We will first do our homework, so we cannot talk about the definite timeframe for this move,” he said, adding that the government’s allied parties should keep the plight of the masses in their mind and make a decision accordingly.
In response to a question, the PDM chief said that all the “homework” related to the no-confidence motion will be completed before the Opposition’s planned long march, which is set to begin on Pakistan Day (March 25).
The decision came a day after party Vice President Maryam Nawaz said the situation for tabling a no-confidence motion against PM Imran was now “favourable”.
Maryam admitted that Nawaz was initially not in favour of a no-confidence motion against the government. But, she said, “party members pressed him that people’s wishes ought to be listened to as it is the only way to steer the country out of crisis.”
Former president Asif Ali Zardari and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had met PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and Maryam last week in Lahore and pledged to weigh all options to send the premier home, including a no-confidence move and a joint long march.
However, the PML-N’s Central Executive Committee meeting on Monday remained unable to decide on moving a no-confidence motion against the PTI government, leaving it to supreme party leader Nawaz Sharif to take a call on the matter when he deemed appropriate.