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PML-N Secretary-General Ahsan Iqbal addressing a press convention, on January 23, 2021. — Geo News PML-N Secretary-General Ahsan Iqbal has disagreed with PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s suggestion {that a} no-confidence movement bid should be mounted by the Opposition, as an alternative of holding rallies.During a press convention on Saturday, a day after the PPP Chairman made the suggestion, Iqbal stated that that is an “old recommendation”.He stated the tactic didn’t work within the Senate when a no-confidence movement was tabled to oust the chairman, Sadiq Sanjrani, and deputy chairman Mandviwalla, regardless of the Opposition having the numbers required.Iqbal did nonetheless invite Bilawal to share any numbers he might have which may result in a profitable vote.”This is a PPP recommendation, an old one […] but where the PML-N is concerned, we believe that if Bilawal Bhutto sahab has such numbers, then he may definitely share them with us if he believes can help the Opposition table a no-confidence motion.”In the Senate (bid to oust the chairman and deputy chairman), we noticed that regardless of having the numbers, we didn’t achieve such a vote,” Iqbal said.The PML-N secretary-general said there is “just one path” the Opposition must take, and that is a “decisive lengthy march” against the government.He said March is an ideal month for the long march.Rana Sanaullah, meanwhile, was of the view that a no-confidence motion is also possible, given the fact that “the coalition events might select to distance themselves” from the government, after all the “scandals” that have emerged against the PTI.’Govt trying to divert attention from its failures’Iqbal said that the government brings up issues like Panama and Broadsheet “to divert consideration from its failures”.”After crying Panama, Panama they got here into energy by way of election rigging, and now they need to divert consideration from their failures by elevating a hue and cry about Broadsheet,” he said.Referring to Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed’s categorisation of the matter as “Panama 2”, he said that the Panama Papers case — that led to the disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif — was a “fraud” and “so is Broadsheet”.He said the government is “hiding the true information” behind the Broadsheet scandal.Iqbal said that if the government is serious about the investigation of Broadsheet, it should have contacted Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif.”Let us examine it and kind a parliamentary fee by consensus,” said the PML-N stalwart.He criticised the government for instead appointing “their very own man”, who will simply give a “clear chit” and “wipe the difficulty away”, referring to retired Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, who has been named as the head of the government committee probing the Broadsheet scandal, and whose appointment has been strongly opposed by the PML-N.The party has even asked Saeed to recuse himself from the position.Also addressing the interior minister’s remarks that Saeed has “learn quantity 10” of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report in the Panama Papers case, Iqbal said: “Whether it’s Volume 10, or 20, these are all tall tales — just like the Arabian Nights.””The nation doesn’t need to learn Volume 10. It needs to know why the economic system stands at 0.4% from a earlier degree of 5.80%,” he continued.The nation wants to know why the prices of flour, sugar and pulses doubled and tripled and why electricity and gas are not available, Iqbal added.In further criticism of the government, with regard to its spending, the PML-N leader said that it could not sign the agreement for financing on ML1 in two-and-a-half years.The government does not have the development budget to start a new project, he added.Iqbal said that “a growth funds of Rs1 trillion has been decreased to Rs550 billion and solely 39% was utilised in six months”.

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