Pervaiz Elahi to take vote of confidence soon: Fawad

Radio Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Saturday said that the party leadership has decided that Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi will take a vote of confidence and soon a delegation would meet the PML-Q leader to fix a date in this regard.

Addressing the media outside former prime minister Imran Khan’s residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park, he requested Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique to not discuss the economy. “It is like Modi is talking about liberalism. They should listen to their finance minister first who will tell them in what condition the economy is in,” he added.

He said that terrorism should not have reached Islamabad, which had almost ended during PTI’s tenure. “Pakistan will have to pay the price of instability in Afghanistan… our relations with Afghanistan have been damaged,” he maintained.

Lashing out at Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for ‘destroying’ Pakistan’s foreign policy, Fawad said that the cabinet is only focusing on foreign visits and elimination of their corruption cases. “There will be no stability in Pakistan until general elections are held.”

He said that Imran Khan today called a meeting of senior lead ership of PTI in Punjab and a decision has been made that CM Elahi will take vote of confidence.

“A delegation of ours will meet Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and fix the date [for vote of confidence]. All our members of Punjab Assembly will give vote of confidence to Pervaiz Elahi,” he added.

Fawad said that the Lahore High Court has said that we can take vote of confidence whenever we like.

Talking about a recent meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, he said that there will be no gain for opponents from such meetings rather, he added, they may benefit PTI.

Fawad Chaudhry said the Punjab Chief Minister would dissolve the Punjab Assembly after obtaining the vote of confidence. Fawad while reiterating demand for snap elections said the incumbent rulers had disappointed the masses.

Earlier, PTI chief Imran Khan had repeatedly announced that he would dissolve the Punjab and KP assemblies in a bid to exert pressure on the government to hold fresh elections. He said the assemblies would be dissolved on Dec 17 or Dec 23. But that political fiasco in the province did not let that happen. Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman had called the assembly session and directed the Chief Minister to obtain a vote of confidence but Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan rejected the notification terming it “illegal”. The governor in response denotified Mr Elahi as Punjab Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister, in response, moved the Lahore High Court which suspended the governor’s notification. However, the court bound the Chief Minister to refrain from dissolving the assembly until he obtained a vote of confidence.