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No-trust motion: Efforts to strengthen democracy will go in vain if matters escalate, says Sheikh Rasheed

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  • “Opposition will lose against the government in political fight,” says Rasheed. 
  • “Shahbaz will also talk about forming a technocrat government,” he adds. 
  • Says the MNAs will not face any obstacles at National Assembly.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Thursday suggested that “matters [related to the political confrontation between the government and the Opposition] shouldn’t be escalated further, otherwise, all the efforts made [to strengthen democracy] will go to waste.”

Rasheed’s comment came as the political temperature in the country rises ahead of the vote on the no-confidence motion, which has been tabled by the Opposition to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

Talking to journalists, Rasheed said there will be a holiday in Rawalpindi on March 21, adding that the Opposition will “lose against the government in the ongoing political fight.”

He went on to criticise PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, saying that “he has revealed his true face by talking about forming a national government” adding that he will also talk about “forming a technocrat government.”

Rasheed also said that he has been “enjoying” his ministry for the last three years, adding that if he hesitates taking decisions during tough times, his political career would be useless, adding that he will make an announcement on March 25. 

Rasheed further said that the MNAs have the right to vote for or against the government and “no one will face any obstacles in the National Assembly.”

Claiming that around 12 MNAs have been staying at the Sindh House, Rasheed said that “people who sell themselves for the sake of their benefit will never succeed.”

The minister also said that he is standing beside Imran Khan “like a rock,” adding that he hopes to see all the allies supporting the government on the day of the no-confidence motion. 

Around 24 PTI MNAs staying in Sindh House: Raja Riaz

On the other hand, PTI’s disgruntled member of the National Assembly Raja Riaz claimed that around 24 PTI members have been staying in the Sindh House right now. He further said that many other ministers are ready to come here.

Riaz said that if PM Imran Khan assures all MNAs that no action will be taken against those who decided to vote against him on the day of the no-confidence motion, they are ready to go back to the Parliament Lodges.

Riaz, who is a member of the Jahangir Tareen Group, told journalist Hamid Mir that the disgruntled members would vote for the no-confidence motion against PM Imran Khan in “accordance with their conscience.”

While Riaz claimed that 24 members are staying in the Sindh House, Hamid Mir said that according to his counting, “20 PTI MNAs are present in Sindh House.”

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While rain falls in other cities, the weather in Lahore becomes nice.

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The weather on Thursday morning was nice due to rain and a cool breeze that covered the province of Punjab, including the capital city Lahore and its surrounding districts.

Residents of these cities were relieved of the oppressive heatwave that had been predicted by the precipitation as the temperature dropped.

The monsoon rainfall system is expected to begin today and last until July 21, according to the Meteorological Department.

Transportation is becoming more difficult for the general public as a result of the flooding of low-lying parts of Punjabi cities including Jhelum, Hafizabad, Gujrat, and Rawalpindi.

For Gilgit Baltistan, KP, and Islamabad, the Meteorological Department has also predicted the amount of rain.

The NDMA reported that rainfall totaling over 50 mm is expected in the following areas: Sialkot, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Jhelum, and Gujranwala. In Murree, Galyat, Kashmir, and KP, there is also a chance of land slides.

As a result of the countrywide heavy rains through July 21, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued a flash flooding warning.

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The United States has reiterated its commitment to providing economic assistance to Pakistan.

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While condemned the death of security personnel in recent terror attacks in Pakistan, the United States on Wednesday praised Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to combat terrorism.

US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters at a White House news briefing that the US would keep cooperating with Pakistan to maintain regional security and urged the Afghan Taliban not to use Afghan territory as a base for terror strikes in Pakistan.

Additionally, he emphasised that eliminating terrorism was in the best interests of both Pakistan and the United States and that the people of Pakistan had made many sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. The US will continue to assist Pakistan in its economic aspirations, he said, adding that the two countries were cooperating on a number of fronts.

It is important to remember that the World Economic Outlook Report, which was just released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issues a warning about ongoing global food inflation.

Given the moderate pace of global growth, the global lender has projected Pakistan’s FY25 growth rate at 3.5%.

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A joint parliamentary party meeting is called by PTI and SIC.

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A joint parliamentary party meeting was held on Thursday in Parliament House, Islamabad, by the Sunni-Ittehad Council and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The sources state that representatives from both parties attended the meeting and discussed a range of topics.

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