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Assemblies should complete their term: Elahi

Punjab Assembly speaker says will resign from ministries in case the party joins hands with opposition

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader for Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on Sunday said that a decision had been made regarding his party’s stance on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, while consultation with “our colleagues” was underway.

Talking to the media after the party’s consultative meeting, held under the chairmanship of PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Elahi said the participants agreed that the present assemblies should be allowed to complete their tenure. He said the constitution and law were very clear on the matter of the no-confidence motion, so the National Assembly speaker should follow them.

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The Punjab Assembly speaker said that a meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif could take place anytime soon, adding that if “we join the opposition’s coalition then we would resign from the ministries”. He said that Awn Chaudry, the leader of PTI’s Jahangir Tareen group, had also come there for a meeting, and the group would convey its decision in the next two days.

Speaking on the occasion, former prime minister Shujaat Hussain said Imran Khan should refrain from ridiculing his political opponents by calling them names. He noted that the PM always spoke about the mode state of Madina, but he would not have levelled accusations or called his opponent’s names had he studied the commandment in the Holy Quran that prohibited it. The veteran politician also quoted a specific verse from the Holy Quran that sheds light on the act and urged politicians to refrain from making harsh remarks or resorting to indecent talk. He further advised politicians to adhere to the rules of decency and take an approach of patience.

Earlier, the PML-Q had held a consultative meeting regarding the no-confidence motion, during which the party discussed the relations with the current government and the opposition. The meeting also shed light on the consultations it had held with the government allies. According to reports, the consultation process will continue today (Monday) as well.

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It may be mentioned here that Imran Khan, addressing a public gathering in Timergara a few days ago, said he had been asked by the army chief not to call Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman “diesel”.

Turning his guns towards former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, he had said, “I am told not to call Nawaz a bhagora (an absconder) and a liar.” During the same speech, he had also called former president Asif Ali Zardari a dacoit.



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