Just before the vote of no confidence, Fawad Chaudhry of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf threatened the Punjab Governor Baligh-ur-Rehman with prosecution under Article 6 of the Constitution, which deals with treason.
During a news conference with PTI leaders in Lahore, Fawad Chaudhry warned Punjab Governor Baligh-ur-Rehman not to cross the line, or he will face an Article 6 trial.
He said that the speaker of the Punjab Assembly had deemed the governor’s action unlawful, while the Lahore High Court (LHC) had previously ordered that the governor would allow the chief minister 10 days to get a vote of confidence.
According to Chaudhry, the no-trust resolution against Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi, the speaker, and the deputy speaker would fail, and the provincial assembly will be dissolved soon after the vote. He reaffirmed that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly will be dissolved after the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly.
He said that 187 members of the provincial assembly in Punjab back Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi’s government.
To overturn the PA speaker’s decision, the PTI leader urged the governor to take legal action. If the governor continues to overstep his authority, he will face prosecution under Article 6.
Fawad Chaudhry has accused Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), of engaging in last-minute negotiations in preparation for the vote of no confidence. He said that Zardari had called lawmakers, offering them Rs50 million to sell their consciences. He lauded the PTI legislators for turning down Zardari’s proposal.
He criticised the PDM government and said that Punjab’s political climate is shifting. After saying they were prepared for new elections if assemblies were dissolved, he said the PDM parties were now trying to avoid them.