Govt delegation calls on Fazlur Rehman to convince him for withdrawal of no-trust move

July 24, 2019

ISLAMABAD: An eight-member government delegation Wednesday called on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman at his home to hold talks regarding withdrawal of resolutions seeking removal of Senate chairman and deputy chairman.

The representatives, led by Leader of House in Senate, Senator Shibli Faraz and Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan hold meeting with Fazlur Rehman to convince him for withdrawal of opposition’s no-confidence resolution against Chairman Senate.

It is pertinent to mention that the opposition parties had submitted a no-trust move against Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, along with a requisition to summon a session to put a motion of no-confidence to vote.

In a tit-for-tat move, the PTI-led government senators also submitted a no-confidence resolution against Senate Dy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla.

The delegation talked to media after conducting dialogues with the JUI-F chief.

Jam Kamal Khan told that the government has presented its view point in front of Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

“Good results will perhaps not come after the opposition’s step. Decisions should be held for the betterment of things. Half of Senate’s tenure has already completed and half is left.”

Senator Shibli Faraz said the government is contacting the opposition on fundamental grounds so that the honor of the House is not affected. “We do not want the dignity of the Senate to be compromised,” PTI Senator Faraz said.

The reason of this sitting was to release tension between the government and the opposition, he said.

Faraz said that the government will also contact other opposition parties “as a matter of principle”. “What can be better than reaching out to opposition parties in order to improve the political situation?” he said.

On the occasion, Balochistan Awami Party leader Alyani said that Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani is “running the House in a good manner” and expressed hope that the JUI-F Chief “will play a positive role” in dissuading the opposition parties from going ahead with the move. He said that if the opposition withdraws its no-confidence resolution, the senators of PTI and its allies will do the same.

However, Maulana Fazlur Rehman remained non-committal and said that the decision to submit a no-trust move was taken during a multi-party conference that was attended by members of all opposition parties.

He maintained that the opposition has come a long way, and government’s wish cannot be fulfilled at this point.

“The opposition has come a long way,” he told the media. “At this point, how can [the opposition] fulfill the wishes of the government delegation and withdraw the no-confidence resolution? Let’s see what happens next,” said Fazl. Monitoring Desk