After PML Q, Shehbaz Sharif Contacts JKT
The opposition has now increased the span of engagement with the baiters and opponents of the PTI government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan including some of the loyalists of the Prime Minister in the past, Jahangir Khan Tareen.
As per The News Pakistan Opposition leader and PMLN President Shehbaz Sharif has held a secret meeting with Jehangir Khan Tareen, a former close confidant of Prime Minister Imran Khan who is reported to have brought him into power.
Jehangir Tareen’s supporters include a large group which as per the News includes MNAs Khwaja Shiraz, Sardar Riaz Mazari, Raja Riaz, Mubeen Alam Anwer, Ghulam Lali, provincial ministers Nauman Langrial, Ajmal Cheema, advisers to Chief Minister Faisal Jaboana, Abdul Hayee Dastee, MPAs Chaudhry Zawar, Aslam Bharwana, Tahir Randhawa, Salman Naeem, Omar Aftab Dhillon, senior politician Ishaq Khakwani and others.
While the opposition does not have enough numbers to oust the prime minister back then, the PDM is confident that the situation would be different this time.
The Pakistan opposition has a 164 members in the National Assembly and needs 172 to de-seat PM Imran Khan.
The options are apart from the JKT faction, wooing Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) to support the No Confidence Motion assumes importance.
PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif met the Chaudhry brothers, at their residence in Punjab's capital, Lahore
Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari have already met the Chaudhry brothers — Chaudhry Shujat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi — at their residence, as the Opposition seeks to oust the incumbent government reported the Dawn.
"Back us in our bid to bring a no-confidence motion against [PM Imran Khan]. The Opposition has a unanimous stance that the government should go home," sources quoted Shabaz as per the Dawn.
The PML-Q has ten members in the Punjab Assembly and five in the National Assembly. Usman Buzdar was elected chief minister in 2018 with a thin margin of just three votes with the support of the PML-Q and some independent MPAs as the PTI was runner-up in Punjab.
Thus support of the PML Q is essential for a no confidence motion to succeed in the Punjab as well as the National Assembly where the ruling PTI has a narrow lead.
The PDM believes that the government's own members were "frustrated" with it and no longer wished to conduct politics or contest next elections alongside it. The PDM also has a plan to launch a long march towards Islamabad on March 23 thus attempting to ensure that the overall fate of the Khan government is sealed.