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Pakistan’s opposition rejects Imran Khan’s conditional offer of early polls: reports  

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ISLAMABAD: An alliance of major political parties that have submitted a no-trust vote resolution against the government in Pakistan’s National Assembly and have shown a majority of votes to carry the move has rejected an offer reportedly made by Prime Minister Imran Khan that if the opposition withdrew the motion, he would dissolve the Assembly and hold early elections, local media reported on Friday.

The crucial session of the National Assembly has been adjourned till the morning of April 3rd, 2022 (Sunday) after question hour as none of the member showed interest in asking any questions, and instead demanded to vote on no-confidence motion.

Over 150 members including Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardar remained on their seats in protest against adjournment of the session.

Meanwhile, federal information minister Fawad Chaudhary has announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the nation tonight on the issue of alleged threat letter.

He said there is no issue on changing the govt through constitutional way, but the behavior of opposition leaders giving an expression that they are also involved as former premier Nawaz Sharif made the conspiracy in his London flat and some of people from media fraternity also involved in this dirty game, Fawad alleged.      

The opposition parties on Thursday also held a parliamentary party meeting at the Parliament House on Thursday.

Local media claimed, Opposition leader & PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah have revealed at meeting that Imran Khan has made the offer through an “important person” of the country.

Shehbaz Sharif said that the prime minister is now proposing something what the opposition had demanded earlier, but it was too late. “The issue will be decided through the vote in the Parliament” on the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan, he said.

But Special Assistant on Political Communications Dr Shahbaz Gill on Thursday denied the opposition’s claim and said Prime Minister Imran Khan has always done politics for honour and dignity of the country. He said Imran Khan will be played till the last ball as his fight is not with these stooges, but their master. 

During a media talk responding to PML-N leader Maryam Aurangzeb’s statement, Gill said Imran Khan’s agenda has always been to keep the country’s dignity first. Referring to PML-N leaders, he said in the past they have used their power just to run their own businesses and now they are engaged in giving baseless statements against the government.

Earlier today, a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan held to take the top civil and military leadership into confidence over the “threat letter” and the “foreign conspiracy” behind the no-confidence motion has concluded.

The members were briefed about the threat letter received by the premier.

Speaker National Assembly also called a meeting of parliamentary committee on National Security, for which opposition leaders were also invited, but opposition parties decided not to attend.

Senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (largest opposition group) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told local media that parliamentary committee meeting on national security under the supervision of Speaker National Assembly is illegal.

He said, “If there any threat in the alleged letter so prime minister should informed the parliament by his self.”

Earlier today, in two back-to-back decisions, the premier summoned the NSC meeting and decided to address the nation later tonight. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced both updates on his Twitter handle.

On Wednesday, Fawad had revealed that the premier met the military leadership of the country twice, adding that the Pakistan Army is responsible for the national security of the country.

A day earlier, the premier had shared the “threat letter” he talked of with Cabinet members in an emergency meeting. The meeting was not attended by PTI’s two major allies — MQM-P and Balochistan Awami Party (BAP).

Meanwhile, Fawad also invited a group of journalists to meet PM Imran Khan where selected details of the letter were shared with them.

The premier had said that a Pakistani envoy posted in a foreign country wrote the memo that he flashed on March 27 at a PTI rally and termed it “threatening”, local media reported.

The premier, while interacting with journalists, said the envoy had sent the letter to Pakistan after he met an official of a foreign country.

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