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PML-Q mulls parting ways from Imran-govt

Rasheed said that in the face of the no-confidence motion, he would be standing firm "like a wall" to defend the prime minister. "I am not responsible for others."

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Islamabad: The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) is mulling to quit Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led coalition government after federal ministers Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Moonis Elahi exchanged blows over the matter of impending no-confidence vote, according to The Express Tribune.

Speaking to the media in Quetta on Saturday, Interior Minister Rashid said that he isn’t among those allies who “blackmail” Prime Minister Imran Khan for getting the top slot in Punjab.

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“I am not like those who have five seats and blackmail the Prime Minister to assume the Chief Minister’s office,” the interior minister said in an apparent reference to PML-Q leaders — who have reportedly demanded to de-seat CM Punjab Usman Buzdar. Lashing out at the opposition parties.

Rasheed said that in the face of the no-confidence motion, he would be standing firm “like a wall” to defend the prime minister. “I am not responsible for others.”

Hitting back at Rashid’s statements, PML-Q leader and Federal Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi said, “I respect Sheikh Rashid but he is forgetting that he used to take money from the elders of his party during his student life”.

Citing source privy to the development, The Express Tribune reported that PML-Q in a meeting held consultations on ongoing talks with the government and opposition parties over no-confidence motion.

The insiders said PML-Q will announce its final decision on Sunday and it is likely to part ways with the PTI-led ruling alliance, The Express Tribune reported. 

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