Maryam opted to send the official packing

Lahore: Contrary to her earlier stand, PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz says the need of the hour is to send the PTI government home (either through a no-confidence motion or in some other way).

Ms Nawaz had earlier said that the Imran Khan government should complete its term because “this way it will expose itself completely”.

On Thursday, Maryam, the daughter of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said she had changed her mind after seeing “people’s misery” at the hands of this government and now wants the government to be sent home immediately.

He said, ‘Earlier I thought that the PTI government should complete its (five-year) term, but after seeing what it has done to the people, to send it home without any delay’ method’ (no confidence motion or otherwise) should be adopted. Ms Nawaz said in response to a question whether the opposition was bringing a no-confidence motion against the government.

She was talking to reporters after questioning party leader Bilal Yasin at her residence here on Thursday. MPA Yasin was injured in a gun attack allegedly by his rival group at Mohani Road on December 31. Police have arrested two sharpshooters and are making efforts to bring back the prime suspect from the United Arab Emirates.

Maryam Nawaz said that the government’s apathy towards the incidents in Murri is in front of everyone. “Families were dying in Murri and they were sleeping in Banigala and Chief Minister’s houses. No one reached to help the people trapped in the snow in Murri for 36 hours.

“This government has made people’s lives miserable. The incompetence of this government has been exposed many times and it is the need of the hour to send it home.

In a tweet, Ms Nawaz said the way PTI is now dealing with Imran Khan is clearly a reversal of fate. He said, this is just the beginning, as the Prime Minister has compromised and cheated from the very early days.

Earlier, the PML-N leadership would ridicule the other opposition party, the PPP, for its suggestion to move a no-confidence motion in Punjab and the Center, citing lack of required numbers. The PPP suggested Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) parties to move a no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, in the hope that the Chaudhry Parvez Elahi-led PML-Q would also support the move, if given to the party. Option to form government in Punjab

The PPP also proposed that they may introduce a no-confidence motion against National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser as a test case before moving such a motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

PDM President Maulana Fazlur Rehman has called a meeting of the heads of the coalition’s constituents on January 25, in which the options for toppling the PTI government will be discussed. Alternatives also include moving a no-confidence motion against the government.

Fazal had said on Wednesday, “We are looking at options that can be used to ship this official packing immediately and the support of PTI associates will be sought.”

Earlier, PML-N senior vice-president Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had told Dawn that the party would consider moving a no-confidence motion against the PTI government at the Center or in Punjab only if it is clear that “the Constitution is supreme in Pakistan and the system. It is being carried out without ‘interference’ in accordance with democratic principles and norms.”

“To test the waters, I ask him (on the side of no-confidence) to move a no-confidence motion against Senate President Sadiq Sanjrani in the Senate, where the opposition has a clear and demonstrated majority,” Mr. Abbasi said.

Published in Dawn, January 14, 2022