ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday held a press conference along with several other PTI leaders after the party’s victory in the Senate elections and said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would seek a vote of confidence from Parliament.
Qureshi was accompanied by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Measures Asad Umar, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood and Minister for Information and Technology Fawad Chaudhry.
The Foreign Minister said that the decision to seek a vote of confidence from the Parliament was taken by the Prime Minister after consultation with other members of the PTI.
“Today was a tragic day for democracy,” the foreign minister said after PTI candidate Abdul Hafeez Sheikh lost the Islamabad Senate general seat to PPP candidate Yousuf Raza Gilani.
He said that after a video of Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Haider Ali Gilani came to light last night, his true self was exposed.
“I am sorry to say that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has failed to ensure transparency in the Senate elections,” he said, adding that the controversial video and audio the night before the election (featuring Ali Haider Gilani) After coming to light, Fawad Chaudhry tried to approach the ECP but no one was there.
“The ECP was given a huge responsibility, but this [failed to deliver]”
Giving a joke on the PPP, FM Qureshi said that “those who claim to be the champions of democracy trampled on it”, adding that [corrupt] Opposition leaders have come together [under the Pakistan Democratic Movement banner] Practicing “escape politics”
“We will make sure that the politics of escape is buried forever,” he said.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan listens patiently to the party members, adding that “if anyone was angry, they should have openly left the party.”
“We will continue to fight the battle of good and evil,” he said. “When it comes to politics, Prime Minister Imran Khan has always had a high moral foundation and people are well aware of that.”