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PDM announces boycott of NA session on saturday

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has announced that it will boycott tomorrow’s (Saturday) session of the National Assembly, where Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to seek a vote of confidence from lawmakers.

“No member of the PDM will participate in tomorrow’s National Assembly session,” said JUI-F and PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, speaking to media.

Referring to Senate Chairperson Sadiq Sanjrani’s survival of the vote of no-confidence in 2019, the JUI-F chief said PM Imran Khan had said, at the time, that Opposition senators who voted in Sanjrani’s favour had voted according to their conscience.

When asked whether the PDM intended to begin the long march from Karachi, he said a strategy would be developed. “Caravans will travel from everywhere,” he said.

When asked whether he considered the “the direction of winds had changed”, the PDM chief said they had changed a long while ago. “The winds had changed when we first held the Azadi March,” he said.

When asked how he read the prime minister’s actions of meeting lawmakers and holding party meetings immediately after the Senate elections, Fazl said that it was a reflection that the prime minister was shaken by the defeat.

“There is no executive at the moment. There is no government,” he said, adding that “everything is out of his [PM Imran Khan’s] hands”.

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