As the threat of no-confidence votes continues to haunt Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, an MQM-P ally, in a bid to put pressure on the ruling party, has called on the government to meet three demands: ensure the safe recovery of its 100 missing workers, reopen their closed offices and eliminating false and baseless cases against party leaders and employees.
Moreover, MQM-P leader Waseem Akhtar on Tuesday said that if the Punjab Chief Minister’s slot could be offered to a party (PML-Q) with only five seats in the Senate, then MQM-P has seven members, International News reported.
This came as the Pakistani Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government on Monday announced Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as its candidate for Punjab chief minister after Usman Buzdar resigned from the top post.
Earlier, PTI in an effort to lure its ally MQM-P ahead of the no-trust motion decided to offer the Ministry of Ports and Shipping to the party. However, Waseem Akhtar confirmed that the government during the negotiations offered the Ports and Shipping ministry to them but his party did not pay attention to the offer.
The nomination of PML-Q leader Parvez Elahi as the Punjab Chief Ministerial candidate has sparked outrage in the MQM-P. Leader Waseem Akhtar said that PML-Q had asked both parties to make a decision jointly and by mutual consent in the current situation but the decision was one-sided, the news portal reported.
After a no -confidence motion against Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was tabled in the Senate with a total of 161 votes in favor, the proceedings were adjourned until March 31.
The no-confidence motion was tabled by Opposition parties on March 8. The opposition is confident that the motion will be carried out as many PTI MPs have come out openly against Imran Khan.
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