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Wednesday October 05, 2022

No-trust motion: PTI, MQM-P make contradictory statements after PM Imran Khan’s meeting

FM Qureshi says MQM-P has assured PM Imran Khan of their support

By Web Desk
March 09, 2022
Prime Minister Imran Khan (C) meets MQM-P leadership during his visit to Karachi. -Radio Pakistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan (C) meets MQM-P leadership during his visit to Karachi. -Radio Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Following a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and the leadership of MQM-P in Karachi, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed that the PTI’s ally party has assured them of full support on the no-trust motion against the government.

Contrary to the government’s claim, MQM-P's senior leader Amir Khan, while addressing a press conference, said that the no-trust motion was not even discussed in the meeting.

The foreign minister's remarks came after the prime minister's first-ever visit to the party's headquarters in Karachi in an effort to allay their concerns.

The premier is in Karachi to seek his allies' support ahead of voting on the no-trust motion in the National Assembly.

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, federal ministers Ali Zaidi, Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Asad Umar are accompanying the prime minister on this crucial visit.

Talking to journalists following the meeting between the prime minister and the MQM-P's leadership, FM Qureshi claimed, "MQM-P will continue its support to the government.”

During the meeting, the MQM’s leadership extended its full support and confidence in the leadership of the prime minister, he added. The minister said that the current political situation and matters relating to the no-confidence motion were discussed in the sitting.

“MQM-P and PTI are allies and have been cooperating with each other,” he added.

Responding to a question, the foreign minister said that MQM-P did not present any demand, including reopening of offices, in the meeting.

No-trust move not discussed: MQM-P

While addressing a press conference, MQM-P leader Amir Khan said that the meeting was held in a pleasant atmosphere.

He maintained that they did not lodge any complaint with the prime minister. Contrary to the FM Qureshi’s statement, he insisted, “No-confidence motion was not discussed in the meeting.”

“Neither the prime minister sought assurance, nor we assured,” said the MQM-P leader.

He maintained that they are the ally of the government but options are opened for them.