On Saturday, the opposition parties will meet to discuss the number game that would be used in the run-up to the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Top opposition leaders, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Asif Zardari, and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chairman Moulana Fazlur Rehman, are expected to attend the conference.
Sources said that Maryam Nawaz and Akhtar Mengal would be among those present at the meeting, as well as Aimal Wali, Ameer Haider Hoti, Aftab Sherpao, and Awais Noorani, among other people.
They stated that the conference would deliberate on the number game that would be required for the success of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan and the long march towards Islamabad to take place. “The opposition parties will also provide updates on the development of their negotiations with partners,” the parties stated in their statement.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak has reached out to the Jahangir Tareen group, a disgruntled party within the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in advance of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan being tabled.
According to sources familiar with the incident, a telephone discussion was held on Friday between Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and the leader of the Tareen group, Awn Chaudhry, to discuss political developments in the country.
During the telephonic conversation, the defense minister recommended that Awn Chaudhry refrains from making critical choices in the face of a no-confidence vote submitted by the united opposition party. According to reports, Khattak assured Chaudhry, “We [the government] will inform you [the Tareen group] about a significant development soon.”
They went on to say that Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had also communicated with JKT group leader Awn Chaudhry late on Friday night, according to the sources.