ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday ruled out the possibility of a government in Sindh, but said it would ask the Supreme Court to ask whether PTI defectors could lose their seats ahead of a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Imran Khan .
The Prime Minister also convened a meeting of the PTI Political Committee today (Saturday) to review the rapidly changing political situation in the country and consider the issue of PTI dissidents.
Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said Dawn as Home Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed presented a summary regarding the imposition of governor’s rule in Sindh at a PTI parliamentary committee meeting on Friday.
The meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister, during which he reviewed the current political situation and the changing loyalties of more than a dozen PTI MPs to support the opposition.
Dissenters get notices, gov’t asks SC to interpret 63-A
After the meeting, Sheikh Rashid told reporters that “no decision has been made so far on the summary” regarding the governor’s rule.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also clarified that the federal government has no intention of imposing governor’s rule in Sindh.
Addressing a press conference with Federal Ministers Asad Umar and Fawad Chaudhry in Islamabad, Qureshi said the PTI Parliamentary Committee had met under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
The participants held consultations on the issue of the vote of no confidence and it was decided that the party would face the decision and defeat the opponents, he added.
Government approaches SC
Several PTI lawmakers withdrew their support for the government on Thursday, proving that opposition claims of having won over members of the ruling coalition were indeed true and stoking further uncertainty about the prime minister’s ability to retain the power.
Meanwhile, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the government decided to file a presidential petition under Article 186 of the Constitution to the Supreme Court for the interpretation of Article 63A.
“The Supreme Court will be questioned on the legal status of party members voting when they are clearly involved in horse-trading and switching loyalties in exchange for money,” the minister tweeted.
“Will members who switch allegiance for economic gain be disqualified for life or be allowed to run for re-election? The Supreme Court will be asked to hear this reference daily and render a verdict,” he said in another tweet.
Meanwhile, talk to DawnMr Chaudhry confirmed that show cause notices had been issued to dissenting lawmakers, who had been given a week to return to the party.
Signed by PTI General Secretary Asad Umar, the notices ask lawmakers to apologize and ask them to return to the party fold.
Posted in Dawn, March 19, 2022