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We reject PDM’s ultimatum, PM Imran will not resign: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

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Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday has categorically rejected the demands of alliance of opposition parties Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), saying these are undemocratic and unconstitutional.

The minister said at a press conference in Islamabad that the country cannot be single-minded. He emphatically pointed out that Prime Minister Imran Khan will not step down and the parliament will not be dissolved.

He said that the current government enjoys the authorization of the people and won millions of votes in the 2018 general election.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs is also the vice chairman of PTI. Regrettably, the opposition party puts its personal interests above the national interests. But he said that we are ready to negotiate election reforms and inflation, provincial autonomy and NFC issues.

When talking about the opposition party’s position in the dialogue, the Foreign Minister reminded that the door to political negotiations will never be closed. He said that the opposition party’s position could damage democracy.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the opposition coalition failed to mobilize public support.

He said that people are showing indifference to the Lahore rally, which is a meaningless event because there is no new announcement.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said there is no consensus amongst the PDM over the issue of resignations from the assemblies and the Long March.

He said the policy of PPP is ambiguous as the decisions of the party are being taken not by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari but by former President Asif Ali Zardari.

He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is also divided on the issue of resignations. He said there is a clear between the groups of Shahbaz Sharif and that of Maryam Nawaz. 

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