Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday categorically rejected the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) demand for PM Imran Khan to step down, describing the alliance as an “unnatural” one.
“The Prime Minister of Pakistan will not step down,” Qureshi firmly stated at a press convention in Islamabad on Tuesday, including: “Assemblies will not be dissolved.”
“The country’s affairs cannot be run at your whim,” he stated, addressing the 11-party Opposition alliance. “They are not a toy to be fiddled with.”
“We do not wish to leave you hanging over this so-called deadline you have given us. That deadline stands rejected,” the overseas minister stated.
Qureshi stated that such calls for are “undemocratic” and “unconstitutional”.
He added that the Opposition ought to put apart their private agendas and current their stance on the negotiation desk.
PDM divided over resignations, lengthy march
Qureshi stated that the PDM is split on the matter of the Opposition lawmakers’ resignations from parliament.
Speaking of the PPP, he stated that their technique “is not clear”. “PPP’s decisive forces were neither present in the rally nor in the meetings,” he remarked.
“PPP decisions are made by Asif Zardari, not Bilawal,” Qureshi stated.
Moving on to the PML-N, he stated that two factions are “clearly visible” throughout the social gathering over the difficulty of quitting parliament.
“One side backs Shahbaz Sharif’s thinking and the other the thinking of Maryam Nawaz,” he stated.
Addressing the Opposition coalition he stated: “If you are serious about resignations, then resignations should reach the (National Assembly) Speaker on the 31st (of this month).”
He stated that social gathering members submitting their resignations to their respective heads is a “total sham”.
The overseas minister stated that there isn’t a consensus on a protracted march both. “Even today, it was said during the meeting held at Jati Umra that a meeting of the PDM will be held on February 1, where the date for the long march will be provided.”
“These people are neither united in their demand for resignations nor on the agenda of a long march.”
‘Do not blame the media for a failed rally’
Referring to the general public gathering held by the PDM on the Minar-e-Pakistan floor in Lahore on Sunday, he stated that “everyone saw the disengagement of the people from the PDM rally”.
He requested the Opposition why they insist on blaming the media for their very own “failure to hold a successful rally”.
“Had the city of Lahore been actually mobilised, the PDM would not have faced such disappointment,” he stated.
Qureshi requested why the prime minister ought to resign when “he has the mandate of 17 million votes”.
Advice to Bilawal
He stated Bilawal spoke of the time for negotiations having handed however then there was speak of negotiations topic to the situation that the assemblies be dissolved.
“If you want to talk with conditions who will want to talk to you,” stated the overseas minister, including: “Threats will not work.”
“I say, son, this is inexperience. Doors do not close in politics,” Qureshi informed Bilawal, additionally saying that if he should study one thing, he “should learn from his grandfather”.
Qureshi, talking additional of the dynamic between the 2 main Opposition events, stated on the one hand “Maryam bibi is in trouble and on the other hand, Bilawal is trying with all his might”.
“The time is not far when they will not be able to tolerate each other,” the overseas minister stated.
He stated that the PDM is an “unnatural and temporary alliance” and stated that with the sort of perspective the Opposition is displaying, it would solely “harm” democracy.
“There is no bigotry in politics, you find a way,” Qureshi stated.
Responding to a question on ties between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, he stated Islamabad has a protracted standing relationship with Riyadh, which is able to at all times stay.
“Saudi Arabia has always stood by Pakistan in difficult times for which we are grateful,” Qureshi stated.
He famous that the Saudi overseas minister overtly supported Pakistan on the Kashmir challenge on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
According to Radio Pakistan, Qureshi stated he’ll visiting Abu Dhabi and can maintain talks along with his UAE counterpart on Thursday.