Civil movement

Opposition can’t get enough numbers for no-confidence move: Sheikh Rasheed

Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed. Photo: P.I.D.
  • Sheikh Rasheed says opposition is in hot water after PM Imran Khan’s successful visit to China
  • Says opposition has eyes on government allies.
  • According to Faisal Vawda, he will challenge ECP’s decision in the Supreme Court.

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said on Wednesday the opposition could not get the numbers required to support a censorship move against the outgoing PTI government.

Speaking to reporters, Rasheed said the opposition had been unable to table a no-confidence motion against the government for the past three-and-a-half years despite high demands, and would not be able to defeat the government now.

According to Rasheed, the establishment is totally neutral and stands with the elected government.

The minister said the opposition was in hot water after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s successful visit to China.

The next 50 days are very important in politics, but Prime Minister Imran Khan will come out of it more powerful and victorious, he said, adding that the prime minister will visit Russia on important bilateral business.

He said Iran’s interior minister was visiting Pakistan on February 14, while Australia’s cricket team would also arrive in Pakistan after years.

Regarding the long opposition march, Rasheed said he was not sure because PPP, PML-N and Maulana Fazalur Rehman have different policies. The opposition has its sights set on government allies, he added.

Our allied parties have fully supported the government on the finance bill recently passed in the National Assembly, he said.

Rasheed went on to say that the network of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) offices was being extended to the more remote parts of the country. As many as 13 passport offices have been set up in the interior of Sindh, he added.

Similarly, he said, inheritance certificates would also be introduced in Azad Kashmir and Balochistan.

The minister further said that the government has decided to raise the salaries of all civilian armed forces by 15%, including Rangers, Border Police, Coast Guard, Scouts of Gilgit-Baltistan effective of March, and he asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to increase the salaries of other departments as well.

Responding to a question, Rasheed said Pakistan has a good relationship with the Afghan Taliban and they will not let anyone use Afghan soul against Pakistan.

Speaking about the disqualification of PTI leader Faisal Vawda, the Home Minister said that Vawda would exercise his legal right and challenge the decision of the Electoral Commission in the Supreme Court.

Furthermore, he said corruption cases have been pending in the accountability courts for a long time. However, he expressed hope that 70 mega NAB corruption cases would be settled over the next 1.5 years.