ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday has said that the people of Pakistan have given mandate to Prime Minister Imran Khan and he will not resign. Speaking in the National Assembly, the Foreign Minister said that PM Imran enjoys confidence of the house. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will not make any compromise on its ideology, he clarified.
“All the members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and its allies are present in the Parliament. All the members of the PTI are standing with the ideology of Imran Khan,” Qureshi said. Qureshi said that Imran Khan has been made the prime minister to take notices against corrupt elements and money launderers. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will not resign as he was enjoying the confidence of the house.
“People of the country have given mandate to Imran Khan and he will not resign on the demand of anyone,” he added. Qureshi also disagreed with the demand of the opposition that Imran Khan should not take notice on any issue and said, “Imran Khan will take notice as he has come to take notice”. Responding to a point raised by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Khawaja Asif that there were reports that COVID-19 members were invited in the parliament for the passage of finance bill, he said “I assure that no COVID-19 positive members had been invited in the Parliament, nor we are irresponsible that we invite such members.
“Every year finance bill is presented in the house and we are following rules. We are thankful for the cooperation of opposition. We appreciate the Speaker and other members who chaired proceedings of the house,” the Foreign Minister remarked.
He said that the members of the opposition and the government have held discussions on the budget for more than the allotted time in the current situation. “Forty hours were fixed for debate on the budgetary proposals but the members held discussion more than the allotted time,” he said. He said that members from both sides of the divide were also allowed to hold discussion during cut motions. He said that the whole process was undertaken in good environment.