Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani in Quetta to appease anti-Kamal lobby

ICMD, Sep 16, 2021: Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has decided to meet the members of the Balochistan assembly over the submission of a no-confidence motion against Balochistan Chief Minister (CM) Jam Kamal, sources said Thursday. Sanjrani arrived in Quetta Thursday and met CM Kamal and members of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) on separate occasions. BAP leaders Khalid Magsi, Manzoor Kakar, Sarfaraz Bugti, Abdul Qadir Ahmed Khan, and Naseebullah Bazai, among others, also attended the meeting with the party members. Sources said that the reason behind Sanjrani’s visit to Quetta is to appease the disgruntled party members and resolving internal differences. They said that the meetings included consultation over the no-confidence motion against the CM. Sources added that the Senate chairman will meet the disgruntled members of the provincial assembly (MPAs) in a personal capacity. Meanwhile, Balochistan Assembly Deputy Speaker Sardar Babar Moosakhail told media that a meeting of PTI MPAs is expected today. “We are sure that no issue would arise and hope that everyone will support CM Kamal,” said Moosakhail. Moreover, Balochistan National Party (MPA) Akhtar Hussain Langau said while speaking to the media that their preparation for making the no-confidence motion is almost complete. Hoping that the no-confidence motion against CM Kamal gets approved, Langau added that enough support has been gathered for the motion. Commenting on the matter, Balochistan Minister for Food Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran said that the Opposition has the right to move a no-confidence motion. He said that there is no forward bloc in BAP, adding that there are issues in families too but that doesn’t mean that that issues would lead to familial disintegration.

PPP believes all democratic parties should play their role: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

ICMD, Aug 30, 2021: PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Monday took a jibe at the opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement's (PDM) rally in Karachi a day earlier, saying "maybe the rally would have been more effective if they (PDM) gave women permission to participate." Addressing a press conference in Sukkur, he said he could not comment on whether the PDM rally — the alliance's first power show after a months-long lull — was "successful", adding that the PPP believed all democratic parties should play their role. However, it would have been "more effective" if the PDM allowed women to participate in the rally, he said. "This is not Afghanistan. This is Karachi, capital of Sindh," he remarked. He questioned how a country and a city could be run when "even a home cannot be run without a woman", recalling that Pakistan was the first Muslim country to appoint a female prime minister. No society can progress until men and women are equal participants in economy and politics, the PPP chairperson said. "Maybe this was a reason that Karachi rejected them (PDM) and that [an] impression could not be built as in the past." However, there was "more time" and the PDM would hold more events, he said. "Our best wishes are with them — that the government is harmed from their movement instead of benefitted because till now, we think the government is benefitting from the PDM's way of [doing] politics." He shared that he had asked Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to talk to PDM president and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif and inform them that "we are present if they need anything." -- Dawn

PDM repeatedly failed despite running several movements since 2018: Shahbaz Gill

ICMD, Aug 29, 2021: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill on Sunday criticised the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and said that despite running several movements since 2018, the alliance has failed. Taking a jibe at the PPP and PML-N leadership, he said that during their election campaign in Gilgit Baltistan last year, Maryam Nawaz declared Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari her brother but later what happened between their parties is known to everyone. He was referring to PPP's decision to part ways with the multi-party alliance of the Opposition. "They also faced a humiliating defeat in the Azad Kashmir election," Gill said, adding that while Maryam Nawaz championed the rights of women, the PDM barred women from attending its rallies. "There are on-record statements issued by [PDM chief] Maulana Fazlur Rehman against women," he said. Gill said that the Opposition resorts to making fun of Prime Minister Imran Khan whenever he initiates a project to alleviate the conditions of the poor. Speaking about PDM's rally in Karachi on August 29 (today), Gill said that the intention behind holding the jalsa in Karachi is a campaign against the PPP. "On the one hand, Fazl says the PDM has nothing against the PPP, and on the other hand, he says the PPP backstabbed the alliance," Gill questioned. "The PDM is holding a jalsa in Karachi (where the PPP has a government) so it should clearly say that it has started a campaign against the PPP."

PPP stabbed PDM in the back: Fazlur Rehman

ICMD, Aug 28, 2021: PPP "stabbed the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) in the back", the Opposition alliance's chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, said Friday, as he announced an expansion of protests by the movement across the country. Fazl, speaking at a press conference in Karachi alongside Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif and other political party leaders, told reporters to not discuss PPP as it was "a thing of the past". A meeting of the leaders of various Opposition political parties in the PDM was held prior to the media briefing, ahead of the alliance's rally at the Quaid's mausoleum on Sunday. "PDM will also raise the issues in Sindh," he said, hitting out once more at the PPP, which is the ruling provincial party. The PDM chief said women would also come to the anti-government protests, and they would be treated with the utmost respect — in reference to the recent harassment incidents with women in Lahore. The PDM chief said the Opposition alliance rejects the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA). "We do not accept this black law." Fazl said PDM stands in solidarity with the journalist community and announced a protest outside the parliament, as PMDA was an "unannounced", "dictatorial" law. The meeting participants expressed sorrow over the fire at a chemical factory that killed 16 labourers in Karachi, the blast in Quetta which left several injured, and other incidents, he said. Fazl said leaders of all the political parties associated with the anti-government movement had attended the meeting, and they expressed grief over the ongoing "instability" in the country. He further said that the PDM also rejected the government's electoral reforms, which he claimed that the "entire world" had disapproved of, but the incumbent government was persistent in introducing. "Electronic voting is a plan to steal elections," he said. The PDM chief said the government had "taken away the jobs of thousands" of people, as it aims to bring reforms to make state institutions profitable. "The meeting expressed deep concerns over the unemployment and inflation in the country," he added.

PML-N, PPP 'conspiring to deprive overseas Pakistanis' of right to vote: Fawad Chaudhry

ICMD, Aug 24, 2021: Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudry on Tuesday accused the PML-N and PPP of conspiring to "deprive overseas Pakistanis of the right to vote" in the next general elections. Addressing a press briefing following a meeting of the federal cabinet, the information minister highlighted the importance of expats to Pakistan, saying that if they did not send remittances to the country, the economy would have been in a very rocky state. Speaking of the government's proposed electoral reforms, which the Opposition parties have rejected and which include the use of electronic voting machines in the 2023 general elections, Chaudhry said that the EVM is "an important component of the judicial commission's recommendations". He said that Minister of Science Shibli Faraz has briefed the cabinet on the use of the EVM.