Imran Khan Loses Key Ally MQM-P To Joint Opposition
Imran Khan-led Tehreek-e-Insaf government of Pakistan lost the majority after its key ally Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM) struck a deal with the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) last night.
• Imran Khan lost the majority before the no-trust vote on April 3
• MQM-P left the government to join hands with the opposition PPP
• PTI government is reduced to only 164 MNAs (Members of National Assembly)
• Imran Khan alleged that his government was topped with foreign funds
Why Did MQM-P Left The Government?
The united opposition and MQM-P reached an agreement last night bringing the Imran Khan government to minority status. The PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted “congratulations Pakistan” after the agreement. He further tweeted that Rabta committee MQM and PPP CEC would ratify the said agreement.
MQM-P leader Faisal Subzwari confirmed that an agreement had been drafted and MQM-P had decided to stand with the opposition. An MQM-P spokesperson said that Rabta committee would meet at the party’s Bahadurabad office, at 2 pm on Wednesday to discuss the draft.
What Is That Draft?
Prepared by Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab, the draft details aren’t made public yet. It will first be ratified by the concerned parties and then revealed to the world. 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 are signatories to the draft.
What Is The Present Status Of the Imran Khan Government?
The total strength of the Pakistan National Assembly is 342 members and its majority mark is 172 members. Imran Khan-led PTI had 179 members before MQM-P left the coalition leaving the PTI only with 164 members. The opposition needs 172 MNAs to support the no-trust motion. With MQM-P joining the opposition, they have 177 members. Now the opposition doesn’t need the support of disgruntled PTI MNAs to support a no-confidence motion.
Imran Khan alleged that his government was being toppled with the help of foreign funds. His federal minister Asad Umar even claimed that the PM was ready to show a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial to back his claims.