Nation to decide country’s fate in next elections: Qureshi

Top Pakistani, Turkish diplomats discuss latest developments in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday said the nation would decide the country’s fate in the next elections.

The horse-traders and those involved in selling their loyalties would no more be able take a decision about Pakistan’s future, he said while talking to a private television channel.

The minister said the National Assembly deputy speaker had rejected the opposition’s no-confidence motion in accordance with the Constitution and law.

Meanwhile, The Pakistani and Turkish foreign ministers discussed the latest developments in Pakistan, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

Mevlut Cavusoglu and Shah Mahmood Qureshi talked over the phone ahead of a scheduled voting on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The deputy speaker of Pakistan’s parliament on Sunday, however, “rejected” the motion, terming it “unconstitutional.” Following the deputy speaker’s ruling, PM Imran said he has sent an advice to the President Dr Arif Alvi to dissolve the country’s parliament and to call fresh elections.

Later, Dr Alvi approved premier’s advice and dissolved the National Assembly.

The combined opposition, led by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), had submitted the no-confidence motion against Khan on March 8, contending that the prime minister has lost the trust of the majority of lawmakers.

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