Opposition warns of sit-in outside NA if no-trust motion not tabled on Monday


ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday addressed a press briefing in Islamabad and said that whatever happened at the Sindh House was not a trivial matter.

Shahbaz was flanked by Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.

He said that the attack on Sindh House was not only about the integrity of Sindh but it was an assault on Pakistan, adding that in a bid to preserve democracy in the country, the Opposition had to swallow a bitter pill and tolerate a lot of things.

Shahbaz maintained that before coming to power, Imran Khan used to stand atop a container and make tall claims about destroying the Opposition, but now he has understood that the no-confidence motion to oust him from the office will be successful.

“Although the PM accused us [the Opposition] of taking a bribe, the government’s allies are testifying that we did not take a single penny from anyone,” said Shahbaz. 

He questioned the PTI about engaging in horse-trading in Balochistan and Azad Kashmir, and said that “such a person [PM Imran Khan] can take any step against the constitutional motion of no-confidence.”

“He who believes in victory never wants a fight,” Shahbaz said, adding that all PTI members should have the right to vote in accordance with their consciences.

Addressing the Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser, Shahbaz said that he should “come to his senses” and “not become party to Prime Minister Imran Khan.”

“Don’t let democracy derail, otherwise neither history nor the people of Pakistan would forgive you,” Shahbaz said to Qaiser. “If the speaker fails to put the House in order, we will be compelled to stage a protest.”

He added that the Opposition will not allow anyone to violate the Constitution.

Shedding light on yesterday’s incident when hordes of PTI members, including two MNAs, violently protested outside the Sindh House and barged into the building to throw the disgruntled members out,  Shahbaz said that “it was not a trivial matter.”

“It was a highly unfortunate incident as rioters invaded the Sindh House,” he said. 

More to follow.

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