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MQM-P indicates supporting Opposition's no-trust move, but conditions need to be met: sources

Development comes as Shahbaz, Fazl hold final consultations regarding no-confidence motion with MQM-P, sources say

By Web Desk
March 16, 2022
PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman meet with MQM-P at Parliament Lodges on March 16, 2022. — Twitter
PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman meet with MQM-P at Parliament Lodges on March 16, 2022. — Twitter

ISLAMABAD: MQM-P, a key ally of the PTI, has indicated to support the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan if “certain demands are met”, sources told Geo News Wednesday.

The development came as PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman held final consultations regarding the no-confidence motion with MQM-P, sources said.

 During the meeting, the parties completed the initial consultation process regarding the no-confidence motion and discussed the political situation in the country.

According to an MQM-P spokesperson, the meeting — which lasted more than an hour — took place at MQM-P leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui’s residence. The meeting was attended by PDM secretary-general Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, JUI-F’s Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, MQM’s Aminul Haque, Amir Khan, Khawaja Izharul Hassan, Javed Hanif, and Sadiq Iftikhar Sanjay Perwani.

Sources further said the final talks with MQM-P will take place tonight at Fazl’s residence where PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and Shahbaz will meet the MQM-P delegation.

With the National Assembly session for voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan just weeks away, the government is trying to woo its allies for supporting it during the voting.

The Opposition is also attempting to cajole the PTI allies and seeking to break the government alliance in the lower house — by holding back-to-back meetings with them.

PM Imran Khan has said that he is ready for everything that the Opposition plans to throw his way — but he has also intensified meetings with allies ahead of the no-trust motion session.

The government's ally in the Centre, the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), has assured PM Imran Khan of complete support ahead of the no-trust motion, while other allies — BAP, MQM-P, and PML-Q — are still indecisive.