ISLAMABAD - The PML-N has decided to up the ante for the beleaguered government by moving a no-confidence motion against the prime minister. However, the party is yet to decide when it will submit the motion in the National Assembly and will consult other opposition parties on the matter.

In its meeting in Islamabad on Thursday, the PML-N’s Central Executive Committee also recommended two other options to pile up pressure on the government to step down. The options the CEC gave are an en masse resignation by PML-N members from the lower house of parliament and a long march across the country.

“Mian Nawaz Sharif will announce his final decision within two or three days on one of three options that the CEC has suggested,” PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said.

To finalise his strategy, the PML-N chief will meet Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Jamaat-i-Islami General Secretary Liaqat Baloch, Pakistan Peoples Party (Sherpao) Chief Aftab Ahmed Sherpao, Senior Vice President of the Balochistan National Party Mir Hasil Bizenjo and Chairman of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Mehmood Khan Achakzai on Friday and Saturday, Iqbal said.

 “For bringing change, fresh elections are inevitable,” he said. “But unconstitutional change is not acceptable.”

Meanwhile PML-N Spokesperson Senator Mushahidullah Khan said that the option of a no-confidence motion against Premier Gilani seems to be the dominant choice. “The Supreme Court has already declared him a dishonest man.”

The CEC also nominated former Sindh governor Mamnoon Hussain and Nawab Changaiz Khan Marri, the elder son of Nawab Mir Khair Bux Marri as senior vice presidents of the party. Committee also finally nominated Iqbal Zafar Jhagra as the secretary general of PML-N.