In a new round of a fierce vote of confidence, Pakistan’s opposition alleges that two members of the National Assembly (MNA) were locked up in a container for four hours to pressure them to vote in favor of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The explosive claim was made at a press conference by Deputy President of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N) Maryam Nawaz, who alleged that the government took the help of intelligence agencies to secure a vote of confidence for Khan.
Maryam, daughter of PMN-N supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, said government lawmakers were “in touch” with her party.
He alleged that the spy agency had “made people disappear” on behalf of the prime minister ahead of Saturday’s trusteeship vote, the Dawn newspaper reported.
Khan decided to take a vote of confidence after finance minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh lost the Senate election, leading to calls by the Opposition for the prime minister’s resignation.
The guardianship vote adopted by Khan “has no legal, constitutional, political or moral value,” said Maryam Nawaz.
“It is our personal knowledge that the two MNAs were not ready to vote [the prime minister] until the last moment taken to the compound of an institution in Golra (near Islamabad), locked up in a container there for four hours and forced by agency personnel to vote in favor of Imran Khan, “he said.
“The way you use Pakistani secret services to your advantage is disgraceful. Is this all that is left for all agents in Pakistan? Will their role from now on is to throw their institutions into politics to protect those who are rejected by people?” she says.
He pointed out that Prime Minister Khan knew he would “lose a lot” if the agency didn’t help him, Dawn reported.
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of 11 opposition parties, has announced a long march in Islamabad on March 26.
(With input from agencies)
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