Imran Khan’s government could fall, alliance partner MQM withdraws support

In a blow to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P), the main coalition partner of the Pakistani government Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), decided to withdraw its support for the party led by Imran Khan. government, leading to its imminent collapse.

According to Pakistani media, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan has decided to join the united opposition to defeat the government led by Imran Khan in the no-confidence motion tabled in the Pakistani National Assembly.

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted early Wednesday morning that the united opposition and MQM had reached an agreement.

“The Rabta MQM committee and PPP CEC will ratify the said agreement. We will then share the details with the media at an IA press conference tomorrow. Congratulations, Pakistan,” Bilawal Bhutto Zardari wrote on Twitter.

MQM senior chief Faisal Sabzwari also confirmed the development, saying the deal had been finalized and details would be provided on Wednesday evening.

The late-night development ahead of the crucial no-confidence vote left Imran Khan with no choice but to step down as prime minister as the PTI government lost a majority in the lower house of parliament.

It is speculated that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan could tender his resignation in front of parliament ahead of the vote of no confidence to save face. Earlier in the day, Imran Khan ordered members of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party in the National Assembly not to appear in parliament on the day of the vote on the no-confidence motion.

On Tuesday, Shehbaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and also the brother of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, had proposed the no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan-led government in the National Assembly. Imran Khan must have the support of 172 members of the 342-member National Assembly to prevent his government from collapsing.

The PTI-led coalition government was formed with the support of 179 members, but with the withdrawal of the MQM-P, Imran Khan’s party is left with 164 members in favour. The united opposition now has 177 supporters in the National Assembly, and they do not need the support of PTI lawmakers.

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