Pakistani government slams opposition’s motion to remove Senate Chairman

Pakistani government slams opposition’s motion to remove Senate Chairman

Islamabad, June 27 (IANS) The Pakistani government has denounced opposition parties’ decision to bring a no-confidence motion to remove the chairman of the senate, or the Upper House of Parliament.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan held a press conference here on Wednesday night and said such efforts cannot pressurize the government to stop its anti-corruption movement, economic reforms and new policies to expand the revenue collection system, reports Xinhua news agency.

Earlier in the day, a multi-party conference under an informal opposition alliance, which continued for eight hours in the capital Islamabad, announced to make efforts to remove the pro-government Chairman of Senate Sadiq Sanjrani.

According to the media, the opposition parties can easily remove the chairman through no-confidence motion as they have more than the simple majority required for the successful no-confidence motion in the house of 104 members.

Opposition party Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazal hosted the conference and it was attended by other major opposition parties, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party.

The opposition alliance also announced to form a committee, which will choose another senator to be appointed as the new chairman of the house.

During the meeting, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said that a change in the senate chairmanship would not solve all their problems, but it would be a big hit to the government and it will shake the foundations of the government.

The opposition parties’ leaders also discussed the possibilities of launching an anti-government protest in the future.

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