Political turmoil is increasing in Pakistan, with many allies breaking away from the ruling coalition before the vote on the no-confidence motion. In such a situation, on Wednesday, the Information Minister of Pakistan said that the Prime Minister of Pakistan will not resign. Fawad Chaudhary tweeted in Urdu and wrote, ‘Prime Minister Imran Khan is a player who fights till the last ball. He will not resign. Let us tell you, the vote on the no-confidence motion will be held on April 3. However, Imran’s condition is not clear yet.
وزیر اعظم مران ان ری ال لڑنے والے لاڑی استعفیٰ نہیں ملے ا میدان لگے ا، دوست دیکھیں اور دشمن
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 30, 2022
Imran Khan’s party PTI suffered another major setback when its key ally Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) left the ruling coalition and joined hands with the opposition.
Referring to a letter at a rally in Islamabad on Sunday, he said he had “evidence” that he was being threatened by “foreign elements” who were trying to topple his government. Khan had announced today that he would share the letter with “senior journalists” and “key colleagues”.
The Pakistani National Assembly has a total of 342 members, of which the majority figure is 172. The PTI-led coalition was formed with the support of 179 members. Imran Khan’s PTI has 155 members and other key allies including Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) have around 20 seats.
Imran Khan’s position is such that three of the four allies – MQM-P, PML-Q and BAP – have supported the opposition’s no-confidence motion, saying they will vote accordingly. Opposition parties in Pakistan seem to be getting the support of 162 members of the House and it is expected that three parties of the ruling coalition may join them during the voting, which will help them cross the majority mark.
The no-confidence motion was introduced in the House on March 28 with the support of 161 members of the House.