Fawad demands speaker Asad Qaiser to summon NA session

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday called on the National Assembly (NA) speaker Asad Qaiser to convene the session of the lower house after the Opposition filed a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan.

PM Imran Khan enjoys the support of the majority of the parliamentarians, and the Opposition’s no-confidence motion was “destined to fail,” Chaudhry said while addressing a press conference alongside Minister of Energy Hammad Azhar.

The information minister said around 184 members of the National Assembly “strongly” support PM Imran Khan.

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Chaudhry said PML-N and PPP have been involved in horse-trading in the past, and now, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari are “taking this practice to new heights.”

The government also said that Imran Khan was the “sole challenger of these merchants of horse-trading.”

“Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari believe in the politics of money and looting and stashing national wealth abroad […] they are offering millions of rupees to buy the loyalty of our members,” Fawad Chaudhry said.

He further went on to say that Jamat Ulema Islami-Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had also gotten personal benefits from the government of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

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He also accused Fazl of accepting money from foreign forces.

He also announced that now the government would not engage in any kind of talks with the Opposition and would “treat it like criminals.”

Speaking on the occasion, Hammad Azhar said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had put the country’s economy on the path of growth and development. He said that Imran Khan is pursuing an independent and strategic foreign policy in the best interest of Pakistan.

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