ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will not resign at the request of the Opposition because he enjoys the trust of the National Assembly, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday.
He spoke with Geo News after the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) announced it was stepping up its anti-government campaign and again asked the prime minister to resign before the January 31 deadline.
PDM chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman, after an important meeting at Nawaz Sharif’s residence on Friday, brushed aside reports of differences among component parties and said the alliance was “stronger than ever” and added that rumors of a conflict inside the PDM were false.
Qureshi, who is also a senior deputy chairman of the PTI, said, “PM Imran Khan enjoys the trust of the National Assembly. Why did he resign at the request of the Opposition?”
He said the PDM had previously announced its retirement from the assembly on December 31, but the date had passed.
“The public has realized the true agenda of the Opposition and their nets don’t have that power.”
He claims that the PDM will contest the Senate elections and opinion polls.
PDM to participate in polls
PDM leaders said on Friday that alliance member parties would take part in the by-election, but decisions regarding the Senate election would be taken later.
Speaking to reporters, Fazl vowed that the alliance was ready, more than ever, to liberate the Pakistani people from the ruling government, and reiterated that the government only has one month to step down, after which PDM members will join forces and begin planning a long journey.
“We will decide whether to hold a long march to Rawalpindi or Islamabad,” he said, adding that the alliance would announce a date and venue soon.
Demonstration outside the ECP office, NAB
Fazl said that PDM will announce the long march date later. But before that, his party will hold a demonstration outside the General Election Commission of Pakistan on January 19.
Fazl also revealed that the 11-party alliance will organize protests outside the offices of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Speaking further about the anti-corruption watchdog, Fazl said that it was made to “solely” target the Opposition.
“We cannot ignore the arrest of Khawaja Asif,” he stressed.
Speaking about his meeting with PML-F leader Mohammad Ali Durrani, Fazl said that the latter came without notification.
“Ali Durrani presented a philosophy of national dialogue,” said Fazl, adding: “I told him that negotiations were impossible.”
Answering the question, the PDM Chair said that many decisions taken during the meeting before the conference were confidential, therefore the alliance was under no obligation to share everything with the media.