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Shahbaz proposes formation of national govt for next 5 years sans PTI’s participation

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Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif Wednesday floated the idea of forming a national government in which PTI has no participation.

“The national government — sans PTI — should be formed for the next five years,” the PML-N president said during an interview with Geo News’ programme “Capital Talk”.

Mentioning that it was his personal idea of forming such a government, Shahbaz said that the new leadership that comes into power should work with all the dedication so as to set a benchmark.

“And then we can see what happens,” he told senior journalist and anchorperson Hamid Mir.

With the National Assembly session for voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan just weeks away, the government is trying to woo its allies for supporting it during the voting.

The Opposition is also attempting to cajole the PTI allies and seeking to break the government alliance in the lower house — by holding back-to-back meetings with them.

PM Imran Khan has said that he is ready for everything that the Opposition plans to throw his way — but he has also intensified meetings with allies ahead of the no-trust motion session.

Both — the government and the Opposition — are set to hold massive rallies in Islamabad before the crucial session — with the government’s gathering scheduled for March 27, while the Opposition’s “long march” will take place after March 25, once the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) session ends.

Numbers game

It is noteworthy that the three allies have 17 representatives in the National Assembly. If these parties join the Opposition, the PTI government’s strength will fall to 162 from 179, and the total number of MNAs in the unified opposition would rise to 179.

To pass the no-trust motion, the Opposition needed the backing of 172 MNAs. The NA currently has a total membership of 341 members, with one seat empty.

The illustration shows the breakdown of the representatives of the government and the Opposition in the National Assembly. — Illustration via Geo News
The illustration shows the breakdown of the representatives of the government and the Opposition in the National Assembly. — Illustration via Geo News

The ruling coalition now has 179 MNAs in favour, while the Opposition has 162 MNAs in the lower house of parliament. The Opposition required the backing of ten more MNAs to dislodge the Imran Khan government.

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United Nations Validates Pakistan’s Position The UN report identifies TTP as the largest terrorist group operating in Afghanistan.

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The United Nations has confirmed Pakistan’s stance on the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The World Body’s Sanctions Committee has declared that the TTP is the largest terrorist organization based in Afghanistan, receiving increasing assistance from the Afghan Taliban and terrorist organizations associated with Al Qaeda.

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Prime Minister Shehbaz and President Ilham have delivered a joint press statement, expressing their commitment to enhance bilateral investment between Pakistan and Azerbaijan by up to $2 billion.

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During their Joint Press Conference, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan expressed their dedication to enhancing trade and cooperation across all industries.

The Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, expressed his delight at his coming to Pakistan, stating that the people of Pakistan are quite excited about it.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated that Pakistan and Azerbaijan have a robust connection, with both countries having aligned perspectives on various regional and global matters.

The Prime Minister also discussed a substantial bilateral investment plan worth two billion dollars and acknowledged Azerbaijan’s hosting of cop-29, highlighting its advantages for poor nations.

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan reaffirmed Pakistan’s endorsement of Azerbaijan’s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute and expressed gratitude for Azerbaijan’s backing of Pakistan’s stance on Jammu and Kashmir.

He declared that a group of experts will be sent to Pakistan to enhance the aesthetic appeal of Islamabad, taking inspiration from the city of Baku.

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The Prime Minister has instructed to expedite the development of a comprehensive plan for the privatisation of Pasco.

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During a meeting of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research and the Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO), the Prime Minister instructed the preparation of a new plan by the federal government for purchasing wheat. This plan should be developed in consultation with the provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and other relevant institutions.

The assembly endorsed the reorganisation of the Wheat Board.

The Prime Minister emphasised the inclusion of farmers’ representatives, as well as representatives from the Land Information and Management System and SUPARCO, in the wheat board.

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