ISLAMABAD: PML-N supporters of Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday confirmed what The News Investigative Editor Ansar Abbasi reported more than three months ago that a federal minister from PTI invited PML-N’s top leadership to file a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
On his social networking site, PML-N’s senior leader Khwaja Muhammad Asif in response to the federal minister’s statement commented on contacts made by a PTI leader for PML-N leadership in London some time ago.
“Someone has to ask him who the minister is making the phone call in London and be told he has the support of 11/12 MNA PTI.
Do something, when we’re ready. I can find out the names of people approached by phone, ”Khwaja Muhammad Asif tweeted on Saturday.
The News reports on the alleged contact of the PTI federal minister with PML-N leadership on July 6, 2020.
However, the next day the news was published, Khwaja Muhammad Asif denied the news and claimed that no one had contacted him.
“Nobody has contacted me. Ansar Abbasi is a respected and authentic journalist. I don’t have to argue with that story if he contacts me to confirm the facts, ”tweeted Khwaja Muhammad Asif on July 7, 2020.
Earlier, on July 6, The News reported that a federal minister approached family members of PML-N leaders to convey that in the case of a vote of no confidence, the opposition could even get support from some PTI MNA at a time when PTI’s relationship with its coalition partners was already facing difficulties.
According to the July 6 report, the minister’s message was conveyed to Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and Khawaja Asif. PML-N has not responded to the minister’s “idea” and prefers to wait and see policy at least for now.
“This correspondent contacted the minister, who emphatically denied that he had conveyed such a message to Sharif.
It said the federal minister used his personal cell phone number to contact family members of top PML-N leaders. He is said to have a longstanding relationship with his PML-N related contacts. This relationship seems to have prompted the minister to convey his ideas to PML-N, ”said the July 6 report.
The News report further claims that the minister also conveyed that more than a dozen PTI MNAs are ready for internal changes.