ISLAMABAD: The presidency and the government are hoping that no political party will introduce a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in the National Assembly.
The presidency is confident that grievances of disgruntled coalition partners — the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) — will be addressed and they will soon review their decision to sit on opposition benches.
“We are hopeful that political parties will act with maturity because the PPP has already assured them that their concerns will be addressed,” said president’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar.
He said the government and the president had urged the MQM to review its decision of sitting on the opposition benches.
Answering a question about any fresh contact made with the MQM after its decision to part ways with coalition at the centre, the spokesman said there had been contacts before and after this decision.
Mr Babar tried to dispel a perception that any party would table a no-confidence motion against the prime minister or oppose a resolution or decision to be taken by parliament for betterment of people, the country and democracy.
“The JUI-F had decided to sit on the opposition benches but it voted in support of the 19th Amendment in the Senate on Saturday,” the spokesman said.
Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said the government would continue to hold dialogue with the annoyed coalition partners and hoped that they would rejoin the government soon.
“We will take care of all concerns of the MQM,” he said. According to sources, the constitutional process of any coalition partner to quit the government takes some time.
“They have to first present a written request to the National Assembly speaker and it is up to the speaker to decide when to grant the status of opposition to parliamentarians of disgruntled parties,” said a senior official in the National Assembly secretariat.
Interestingly, the MQM, which has 25 MNAs, is already sitting on opposition benches because of shortage of seats on the treasury benches. Its members are also using the lobby of the opposition.
The JUI-F submitted a similar request to the speaker a week ago but its parliamentarians have so far not been allocated opposition seats.
The sources said the time the speaker would take to allow MQM and JUI-F legislators to sit with the opposition would be used by the government to pacify the coalition partners.