By Our Staff Reporter
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that there was no threat to his government from the opposition alliance protesting to remove him from office, saying that the PDM “almost lost and died its own death” The 11-party Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was formed in September last year with the aim of forcing the government to hold early elections.
The PDM held a number of major rallies last year and threatened to march on Islamabad next month to turn the Khan government on fire unless it resigned by 31 January.
The Alliance also said that its legislators would resign and make the Parliament dysfunctional.
However, Prime Minister Khan rejected the PDM’s call to step down or call a quick poll. “The PDM has almost lost and died its own death, so it is no more a threat to the government,” he said at a meeting of his spokesmen on Monday.
He urged them to get tough on opposition leaders at press conferences and talk shows by highlighting their corruption. Khan said again that the main purpose of the protest was to obtain concessions from the government in their corruption cases.
“PDM’s entire movement is aimed at getting an NRO, but I will not give them any relief, he said. The National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) is used as a synonym for concession in corruption cases in Pakistan’s political discourse.
Khan, the former cricket captain of Pakistan, came to power in 2018 by winning the general election but the PDM alleged that the election was rigged by the establishment to ensure his victory.