Moulana Fazlur Rehman, head of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and chief of the JUI-F, has requested that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) President Asif Ali Zardari postpone his party’s long march, which is scheduled to begin on February 27, in order to first bring a no-trust move against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The conversation between the two leaders took place on Monday, according to those who were there. Fazlur Rehman stated that separate long marches would send a message of division among the opposition and proposed that the PPP join the long march of other opposition parties.
Meanwhile, sources revealed that disagreements had emerged over the no-confidence motion, with Fazlur Rehman insisting on bringing the motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan first, while Asif Zardari preferred to bring it against Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar first.
The two leaders, however, were unable to come to terms on a single issue, and the problem will be discussed further during a meeting between Asif Ali Zardari and Shehbaz Sharif scheduled for today.
They also stated that “the meeting will discuss wooing estranged Treasury lawmakers rather than reaching out to government’s allies,” and that the “PML-N assured that it had the support of 22 estranged parliamentarians” at the time of the meeting.
Fazlur Rehman and Asif Zardari, on the other hand, have expressed opposition to the idea of utilising disgruntled lawmakers from the Treasury, claiming that it would make the overall no-trust move much more controversial.
The PPP and JUI-F leaders, they added, had decided to keep in touch with their partners and to continue consultations on the long march and no-trust move against government.