ISLAMABAD: Embattled Pakistani PM Imran Khan lost his majority in the National Assembly on Wednesday when a key ally of the government, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), walked out of the coalition before the no-trust vote. The MQM-P had been a key partner for the government and its survival.
Imran’s meeting with army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI chief Nadeem Anjum led to the MQM-news. P’s Sources say the Prime Minister was told to stay in office to avoid being ousted by a vote of no confidence in Parliament.
However, the information minister, Fawad Chaudhry said that Imran would not leave hurt. In a tweet, he said, “The PM will fight until the last ball.”
In a way, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party lost its majority in the lower house of Parliament, leaving the coalition government with 164 MPs, eight short of the 172 needed for Imran Khan to stay in charge. The MQM-decision P’s did this.
The opposition’s strength in the 342-member National Assembly rose to 177 even though 25 to 40 members of Imran’s party were expected to back them up.
PM Imran should resign and start a new era in Pakistan’s history, Shehbaz Sharif told a joint press conference with other members of the combined front, like Shehbaz Sharif. If he doesn’t quit, it’s “hope against hope.”
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the head of the Pakistan People’s Party, said that Imran had run out of options, even though he has talked about a “trump card” before.
A no-trust vote could either get him out of office or force him to resign, he said. “He can either resign or be fired through that,” he said.
For 75 years, Pakistan has had military coups a lot. No PM has ever served out the whole term. The more surprising fact is that no one has been fired through a no-trust vote yet. Imran could become the first person to be fired this way unless he pulls off a Houdini act.
The Prime Minister said on Wednesday that the current political crisis started because of his government’s “independent foreign policy,” which used to be “managed through telephone calls.” This is why the current political crisis started.
Later, he told a few journalists about the contents of a letter that he thought was proof of a foreign conspiracy against his government.
He didn’t say which country or officials were involved, but he said that the army and ISI chiefs had been told about the plans. “That’s what they told us. This letter is a conversation between Pakistani government officials and people from another country. There was a lot of talk about how Europe and the United States were not happy with Pakistan’s policy on Russia and Ukraine, so they said that “He was one of the journalists.
Another journalist who was at the meeting said that only the main points of the letter were shared. According to him, the letter said that the country was “not happy” with Pakistan’s policies.
As he said, “The Russia tour was very clear. It was also said that it was the Prime Minister’s decision to go.” It says that if the no-confidence vote passes, we will forgive everything; if not, things will be hard in the days to come, the letter says.