ISLAMABAD (our reporter):- Ahead of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, around 24 members of the PTI sought refuge in Sindh House Islamabad, a move that has plunged the country into political chaos.
PTI’s disgruntled member of the National Assembly Raja Riaz claimed on Wednesday that if PM Imran Khan assures all MNAs that no action will be taken against those who decide to vote against him on the day of the no-confidence motion, they are ready to go back to the Parliament Lodges.
According to sources, members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Assembly moved to Sindh House Islamabad after an operation was carried out by police personnel on the presence of Ansar-ul-Islam in Parliament Lodges. Both the doors of Sindh House has been completely closed.
Estranged national assembly members of the PTI including Raja Riaz, Basit Sultan Bukhari, Nawab Sher Wasir, Noor Alam Khan, Rana Qasim Noon, Ghaffar Khan Wattoo, Riaz Mazari, Khawaja Shiraz, Ahmad Hussain Dehar, Nuzhat Pathan, Wajiha Akram and Ramesh Kumar are present in PTI Sindh House.
Raja Riaz said that the whole nation and media knows that that the police attacked the Parliament lodges and the opposition’s MNA was tortured after which he was taken into custody. Following the attack on the Lodges, the disgruntled PTI MNA said those who had been dissenting with the ruling party over inflation, corruption, and lawlessness felt that whatever happened in the Lodges could also happen with them and they decided to stay at Sindh House.
Raja Riaz went on to say that no one has given them money and we [the dissenting lawmakers] will vote based on our conscience, adding that they were not afraid of anyone and they were here only as a precautionary measure.
On the other hand, Member National Assembly Noor Alam Khan while regretting the statement of Prime Minister Imran Khan of Rs 200 million said that he had been raising voice against corruption, inflation and load shedding for the past three years.
Meanwhile, MNA Basit Bukhari said that he never asked for any ministership. “I was elected to the National Assembly as an independent candidate,” he said. The PTI MNA Nawab Sher Waseer said that he will hug Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry while going to cast his vote. “What can they expect from us when they would call us mules and horses,” he asked and added a politician shouldn’t use such language. “We will not contest next election on PTI’s ticket,” he added. The PTI MNA Ramesh Kumar who is also present inside the Sindh House along with other disgruntled members claimed that three federal ministers have already parted their ways with the ruling PTI. Ramesh Kumar said that has always pointed out the wrongdoings. “Some PTI leaders telephoned my wife in the Parliament Lodges and called me a mule,” he said.
Earlier today, PM Imran Khan presided over a session in which details regarding the horse trading of the assembly members came under discussion.
The prime minister directed federal agencies to keep an eye on activities being performed at Sindh House. During the session, the participants were briefed about the presence of Sindh police personnel in Sindh House. It was also decided during the session that the government will not let horse trading prevail in at the house.
The prime minister also directed the authorities concerned to monitor the legal aspects in order to initiate legal action against horse trading.
The participants said that nation is supporting government and no-confidence motion will be defeated. The legal team gave briefing regarding summoning of National Assembly session and was mutually decided that the session will be held on March 21.
On Wednesday, Speaker Punjab Assembly and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi had revealed that 10 to 12 members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were in “safe custody” of opposition parties.