BAP parts ways with PTI govt, backs Opposition


Shehbaz soon to become PM: Zardari


Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), an ally of PTI-led ruling coalition, has decided to support joint opposition’s no-trust motion filed against Prime Minister Imran Khan in National Assembly.

This was announced by opposition bigwigs — Shehbaz Sharif, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Asif Ali Zardari

at a joint press conference in Islamabad, where BAP party’s four MNAs were also present on Monday. “We thank them from the bottom of our heart for supporting opposition… we value their decision and assure them of our full support,” said PML-N President Shehbaz.

He added that the government which will be formed after the “success of no-confidence motion” will address the grievances of the people of Balochistan. Speaking on the occasion, PPP co-chairman Zardari said that Shahbaz Sharif “will soon become the prime minister” of the country.

He further said that BAP has taken a decision in the “best interest” of Pakistan. Four out of the five MNAs of BAP party have decided to support the opposition against the government, said Shehbaz. While responding to a question, Shehbaz urged PM Imran to prove his claim that foreign elements were conspiring to topple his government.

“I challenge [Imran Khan] to show the letter to entire nation and parliament… if he proves his claim that foreign power are working against national interest then I will stand by him,” he remarked.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that there is still space for dialogue with the PML-Q after it announced supporting the government on the no-trust motion in the lower house of the parliament. “Previously, PML-Q had 7 and BAP had 5 members in assembly… but now BAP has more lawmakers than PML-Q,” he added without elaborating further.

The development comes as the embattled prime minister, Imran Khan has succeeded in wooing his estranged ally PML-Q to support him on the matter of no-confidence motion tabled against him by the joint opposition in the National Assembly on Monday.