Pak PM Imran Khan loses majority as alleys strike deal with Opposition party

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Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf government has received a massive blow as the key ally and the main coalition partner Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM) announces striking a deal with the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was seen tweeting:

As per current standings, Imran Khan-led government has lost its majority in the lower house of Pakistan’s Parliament soon after this late-night development with just days ahead of the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan.

Pakistan’s joint opposition has a total of 177 members from the national assembly following the ruling coalition partner MQM-P’s  decision to part ways with the Imran Khan-led government. 

While Khan’s party is left with 164 MNAs (Members of National Assembly) of now, it must be noted that to make the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister successful, Pakistan’s joint opposition requires the support of 172 MNAs.

The Pakistani National Assembly’s total strength is 342, with the majority mark being 172. The PTI-led coalition had initially formed with the support of 179 members, but after MQM-P has made an exit, PTI is standing with 164 members in support while the Opposition has 177 members of supporters in the national assembly.

As Imran Khan alleged that several people are trying to topple his government with the help of foreign funds, federal minister Asad Umar says the PM is ready to show a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial as proof.

Imran Khan was heard saying during his rally:

 “Attempts are being made through foreign money to change the government in Pakistan. Our people are being used. Mostly inadvertently, but some people are using money against us. We know from what places attempts are being to pressure us. We have been threatened in writing but we will not compromise on national interest.”

The MQM-P’s decision of supporting the Opposition came after both sides signed a draft originally prepared by Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab. According to Pakistan’s Geo TV, signatories of thye draft include the leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, and Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

MQM-P leader Faisal Subzwari has confirmed the report about MQM-P aligning with the opposition through a tweet saying:

“The agreement between the joint Opposition and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan has been finalised.”

Further, the MQM-P spokesperson said the party’s Rabta Committee would meet at their Bahadurabad office at 2 pm today, where the draft will be ratified.

The no-trust vote against Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to take place on April 3.

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