ISLAMABAD: In what is seen here as a shift from his earlier stance, Pakistan Muslim League-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain announced on Wednesday that his party would support a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani if it was moved by the PML-N.
Addressing a news conference after a meeting of the party’s central working committee, he said: “It is for the PML-N as the larger parliamentary group to take the initiative for dislodging the corrupt and inept PPP government and as a smaller group we will follow them.”
After a meeting between the prime minister and Chaudhry Shujaat in Lahore on Monday the PML-Q had announced that it would not become part of any move to remove the prime minister.
The PML-Q chief expressed regrets over the slaying of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, but warned against opening a ‘Pandora’s box’ by trying to make changes in the blasphemy law before achieving national consensus on ways of stopping its misuse.
He said no true Muslim could even think of changing what he termed a ‘Quranic’ law, but the method of its application could be improved to ensure that it was not misused.
He called upon the government to take steps to bring together all political and religious parties both inside and outside parliament either at Faisal Mosque or at Badshahi Mosque in Lahore to evolve consensus on ways of ensuring that the law was not used to pursue personal vendetta.
He also said that the PML-Q would not join the government, adding that no one would like to board a ‘sinking ship’.
Replying to a question, he said that no PML-Q legislator in the Balochistan assembly had deserted the party and “we can remove the provincial government and form our own government whenever we decide to do so”.
Several members of the CWC criticised the government for its bad governance which they said had plunged the country into chaos and lawlessness.