PTI to bring no-confidence motion against PM Shehbaz

LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is likely to move a no-trust motion against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif after party chief Imran Khan reportedly gave a nod for it on Saturday.

According to Daily Information Times, the PTI had decided to submit a no-confidence motion against the premier, however, the move required the approval of the party chief.

Sources within the party have confirmed that it has been decided to move a no-confidence motion against Shehbaz, adding that President Arif Alvi will ask the premier to take the vote of confidence “very soon”.

The former ruling party has reportedly taken this decision considering the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) concern as the party is hopeful that the MQM-P will not vote for the prime minister.

The development comes two days after Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvaiz Elahi advised Governor Balighur Rehman to dissolve the provincial assembly, fulfilling the promise to Imran and paving the way for fresh elections.

The advice to dissolve the assembly was made less than 24 hours after the chief minister obtained the vote of confidence from the Punjab Assembly.

The dissolution of the Punjab Assembly along with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) legislature – the two provinces where the PTI and its major ally, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) are in the government – was announced by former premier Imran Khan at the end of his anti-government march on November 26.

Besides the two assemblies, Imran had said, the PTI lawmakers in the Sindh Assembly would also resign, while its members had already quit the National Assembly.

With this, nearly two-thirds of the constituencies would fall vacant and the government would be forced to call general elections instead of by-polls.

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