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PM Imran says will show cards a day ahead of no-trust move

Premier says will not resign at any cost; army target of ‘baseless criticism’

ISLAMABAD:

Prime Minister Imran Khan asserted on Wednesday that he will not resign at any cost, saying he will show his cards a day ahead of the no-confidence motion.

In a meeting with the reporters of the Supreme Court, the prime minister said it would be someone’s delusion that he would resign and go home. “Should I resign on the demand of thieves,” the premier said while referring to the opposition leaders’ no-trust vote against him.

“I am predicting that we will win the match of the no-confidence motion,” he said, adding that “people [allies] get unhappy with ruling parties often”.

In a comment about the opposition’s move against him, the premier said the opposition jumped the gun by showing its card. He added that the opposition doesn’t even know how many people it will have left on the day of the no-trust move.

Speaking about his ‘animals are neutral’ remarks, the premier said his remarks were taken out of context. He added that he alluded to neutrality in the context of good and evil. The premier said JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman was the ‘12th player’ and the time to send him packing had come.

“The PPP and PML-N’s politics revolved around concealing their theft,” the premier said, adding that PPP’s Asif Ali Zardari’s “ideology is money”. “Why would I sit with big criminals like Shehbaz Sharif,” he added.

Talking about the Pakistan Army, he said the army was wrongly criticised. A strong army is a prerequisite for a strong country, he said, adding that Pakistan would have been split into three pieces had it not been for the army. “The army should not be maligned for the sake of politics,” he added.

‘Voting on March 30-April 1’

Speaking to the media, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said the prime minister has “a lot of cards” to defeat the no-confidence motion.

Rashid said the session of the National Assembly will be prorogued on the first day on account of the death of a lawmaker.

The minister added that the vote on the no-confidence motion could be held between March 30 and April 1. He added that the March 27 rally of the PTI will prove how many people stand with the premier. The prime minister hoped that the allies will stand with the PTI government.

Courtesy: The Express Tribune

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