PTI government seeks crucial support of allied parties leadership amid threats from opposition
ISLAMABAD - As the joint Opposition is all set to create hindrance in proceedings of the National Assembly, the government allied partners assure their full support in disposing of pending legislative business. The senior members of the ruling party [PTI] had contacted heads of its coalition partners to seek their support in and outside Parliament against ongoing anti-government campaign, says Parliamentary sources.
The joint opposition have openly threatened an anti-government long march and disruption during the proceedings of the National Assembly. The government side, in reaction to the opposition’s expected plans, has taken its coalition partners into confidence about its planning to counter opposition’s move in the Parliament.
Background discussions with lawmakers from Treasury benches revealed that government members had contacted the allied partners including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM-P) and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) and chalked out joint strategy against the anti-government intentions of the joint opposition.
The members of allied forces said that the government members had asked its coalition partners to ensure full strength in the parliamentary proceedings also appear in media to express solidarity with them. Prime Minister Imran Khan has also held a meeting with the parliamentary leaders of its allied forces to take them into confidence about future strategy.
It may be noted here that Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), the 11-party opposition alliance had announced that it will hold a long march to Islamabad by late January or early February to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. Political and constitutional experts viewed that the ruling party should dispose of important legislative business and try to complete mandatory days of third parliamentary year. They should have jointly appeared in media against the opposition move to show solidarity to express unity, they viewed.
The opposition, around a week ago, had also hinted at tabling no-confidence move at any moment after deciding its proper time from the platform of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM). PML-N’s Parliamentary leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif, before his arrest, had commented that all the decisions related to no-confidence motion could be taken jointly in Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).