Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said he will not “resign under any circumstances” ahead of a no-confidence motion to be held on Friday.
A Geo News report mentioned Imran Khan saying that despite the Opposition laying out all of their cards, the no-confidence motion against him would not be successful. “I will not resign under any circumstance. I will play till the last ball and I will surprise them a day before as they are still under pressure,” he added.
National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has summoned the session for the no-confidence motion on March 25 — and in line with the NA rules, the voting has to take place after three and within seven days, Geo News reported.
“My trump card is that I have not laid any of my cards yet,” said Khan confidently, as he vowed to foil the no-trust motion.
“No one should be under the false impression that I will sit at home. I will not resign, and why should I? Should I resign due to the pressure from thieves?” he emphasised.
The report further said Khan reiterated that he had good relations with the military to date. The Pakistan PM said it was wrong to consistently attack and criticise the army as a powerful military was crucial for the country. “Had the army not been here, the country would have split into three parts. The army should not be criticised for politicking,” he added.
Khan also warned the Opposition that he would not silent if he steps down from office — a threat he has repeated time and again. “I will not compromise on my principles even if my government is ousted. I cannot betray the people and God,” the Pakistan PM said.
He also claimed that his party — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI’s) popularity has witnessed an increase. “People are with me, as many as 60-65 per cent respectable people are standing by my side.”
first published:March 23, 2022, 8:08 p.m.