October 3, 2023

‘Minus-Imran formula’ out of the question, says Qureshi


Govt to file reference in SC for interpretation of Article 63-A: Fawad

Staff Reporter – Islamabad:

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has ruled out the possibility of “minus one formula” in ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) which he claimed opposition parties were seeking to exclude Prime Minister Imran Khan from the government.

“No room for minus one formula in PTI… no one can replace Imran Khan in PTI because he founded the party… in the same way Bilawal can never replace Zulfikar Ali Bhutto [PPP founder] and Shehbaz Sharif cannot be an alternative to Nawaz Sharif,” he said on Friday while addressing a press conference along with federal ministers Fawad Chaudhry and Asad Umar.

Fawad says on Friday that the government has decided to file a reference under Article-186 in the Supreme Court for interpretation of Article 63-A.

The Supreme Court would be asked for its opinion about the members of a party who were explicitly involved in horse trading and changed their allegiances in exchange for money, what would be the legal status of their vote, he said in a tweet.

The minister said that the apex court would be requested to decide that the members who changed their allegiances for economic benefits be disqualified for life or they would be allowed to run for re-election.

The Supreme Court, he said would be requested to hear this reference on a daily basis and give a verdict.

Meanwhile, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday asked the opposition parties to respect the people’s mandate and refrain from playing with their sentiments.

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