PML-Q’s U-turn takes Asif Ali Zardari by surprise

PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari (centre) speaks during a press conference along with other Opposition leaders in Islamabad, on March 29, 2022. — Twitter/@MediaCellPPP


PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari (centre) speaks during a press conference along with other Opposition leaders in Islamabad, on March 29, 2022. — Twitter/@MediaCellPPP
PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari (centre) speaks during a press conference along with other Opposition leaders in Islamabad, on March 29, 2022. — Twitter/@MediaCellPPP
  • Asif Ali Zardari says Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi is “too late” now.
  • He says Opposition will decide who will become new CM Punjab.
  • Bilawal, Zardari hopeful MQM-P will part ways with government.

ISLAMABAD: PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has been taken by surprise after PML-Q decided to support Prime Minister Imran Khan amid the no-confidence motion.

Flanked by Opposition leaders, Zardari — while addressing a press conference — said that political paths never cease to exist but noted that a “sudden” change of plans shifted PML-Q’s position.

The press conference was held to announce that independent MNA from Balochistan Mohammad Aslam Bhootani has joined the Opposition and parted ways with the PTI at the most crucial junctures of PM Imran Khan’s career. 

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“At 12 in the night, he comes to congratulate me and then later goes elsewhere,” Zardari said after the PML-Q accepted PM Imran Khan’s offer to nominate Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Elahi as the new chief minister of the province following CM Usman Buzdar’s resignation from office.

The National Assembly will start debating the motion against the premier on Thursday, March 31, as PM Imran Khan is trying to steady the ship ahead of it by wooing the government’s allies.

‘Elahi is too late now’

Zardari said he had approached Elahi keeping in mind the political situation of the country — and with the same intention, he had asked other lawmakers to support the no-confidence motion against the premier.

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“Now, we will decide who will become the next chief minister, as Pervaiz Elahi is too late now,” Zardari said, claiming that the person whom the Opposition backs will become the next chief minister of Punjab.

Zardari claimed that the Opposition has the numbers in the National Assembly to oust the government after several PTI allies announced to support the no-confidence motion.

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‘Good news’ about MQM-P soon

On getting MQM-P’s support, Zardari and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said they were hopeful that the PTI’s ally would not support the government. “We will soon hear good news about MQM-P,” Zardari said.

Moving on, the PPP chairman said the government was “levelling baseless allegations at the Opposition” with regards to a “letter” that, according to the government officials, has “warnings of dire consequences.”

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“We challenge him [PM Imran Khan] to bring the letter out in the public,” he said.

Shortly before the Opposition’s presser, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar had told journalists that PML-N supremo and PDM were involved in the “foreign conspiracy” against PM Imran Khan.



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