LAHORE/ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan’s confidants Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Pervez Khattak called on Pakistan Muslim League-Q leader and Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Parvez Elahi at his residence in Lahore on Saturday as part of efforts by the ruling party to get their support ahead of the no-trust vote.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Defence Minister Pervez Khattak had an important meeting with the PML-Q leadership but it remained inconclusive as the government team failed to get any assurance from their ally regarding the no-confidence motion.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Pervez Khattak visited the Lahore residence of Chaudhrys of Gujrat to woo back the PML-Q leaders. The PML-Q side was represented by Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Parvez Elahi and federal ministers Tariq Bashir Cheema and Moonis Elahi.  Ch Shujat Hussain could not attend the meeting as he was in Islamabad.

The issue of Opposition’s no-confidence motion against the prime minister was discussed in detail as the government team delivered an important message of Prime Minister Imran Khan to the PML-Q leaders. Tariq Cheema apprised the ministers of the problems being faced by the PML-Q during the last three and a half years as an allied party of the government. He complained that the power-sharing formula signed between the two sides had never been implemented in its true spirit. He also told them that the government had never consulted its ally on important issues. The government team assured the PML-Q leadership that Prime Minister Khan would be made aware of his ally’s reservations.

Qureshi, Khattak deliver PM’s message to Parvez Elahi, PML-Q, MQM-P, BAP leadership yet to give any assurance, ‘Not disappointed’ Qureshi says more meetings expected soon

Ch Parvez told the ministers the party would take the party President Chaudhry Shujat Hussain into confidence regarding this meeting and another meeting would soon be held in Islamabad.

 

Talking to the media after the meeting, Qureshi termed the meeting with PML-Q leaders as “very cordial.” He said he was not disappointed at all. “God Almighty has never returned me empty-handed from anywhere,” he said with a cheerful smile on his face.

 

Also, Ch Parvez Elahi told reporters at his residence that drop scene of the political drama will not unfold so soon. In a lighter vein, the PML-Q leader said the characters of the drama will be changed. Making an addition to his earlier comment on the developing political situation, he said: “The broth is ready; and half of it has already been distributed”.

 

He also said that those bringing Islam in politics did not have any political future. He said the politics of rallies was not going to make any impact on the no-confidence motion. “By the grace of God Almighty, our future is bright,” he added.

 

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who will face the floor test in the Parliament on March 28, was likely to meet the estranged political allies on Saturday but no such meeting was reported. TV channels claimed that the prime minister was also likely to meet a delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), a key ally of the ruling PTI, in Islamabad on Saturday.

 

The development comes after a PTI delegation comprising federal ministers Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar and Pervez Khattak called on MQM-P ministers in Islamabad on Friday. The crucial no-confidence resolution against Prime Minister Imran Khan is filed by a joint front of all the opposition parties.

Notably, Imran Khan`s situation is uncomfortable given that three of the four allies, that is, MQM-P, PML-Q and BAP have stated their support for the Opposition`s no-confidence motion and said that they will vote accordingly.

 

Ahead of the National Assembly session on the no-confidence motion on Friday, Bilawal Bhutto`s Pakistan People`s Party (PPP) had announced that matters had been settled with MQM-P and that the ruling coalition member will vote in favour of the motion to oust Imran Khan.

 

On Friday, PTI leaders convey PM’s message to MQM high-ups in Islamabad. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi accompanied by Minister for Planning Asad Umar and Defence Minister Pervez Khattak met MQM delegation in Islamabad on Friday. Shah Mahmood Qureshi conveyed an important message from Prime Minister Imran Khan to the MQM leaders.