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Pak PM Imran Khan loses majority as PTI’s key ally strikes deal with opposition

By Priyanka Verma 
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Pakistan: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan received another blow as Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P), the major coalition partner of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, struck a deal with the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party, according to reports.

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“The united opposition and MQM have reached an agreement. Rabta committee MQM and PPP CEC will ratify the said agreement. We will then share details with the media in a press conference tomorrow IA. Congratulations Pakistan,” tweeted PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

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As things stand currently, the Imran Khan government has lost its majority in the lower house of Pakistan’s Parliament following the late-night development days ahead of the no-confidence motion or no-trust vote against Imran Khan.

Pakistan’s joint opposition has now 177 members of the national assembly after the ruling coalition partner MQM-P decided to part ways with the Imran Khan-led government that is left with 164 MNAs (Members of National Assembly).

Notably, in order 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 has a total strength of 342 members, with the majority mark at 172, the number needed by the opposition for the no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan government to succeed.

The PTI-led coalition government was formed with the support of 179 members, but the desertion by MQM-P has left Imran Khan’s party with 164 members in support. The Opposition has now 177 supporters in the national assembly and they don’t need the support of disgruntled PTI lawmakers.

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Meanwhile, federal minister Asad Umar has said that Imran Khan is ready to show a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial to back his allegations in which he claimed that some people are trying to topple his government with the help of foreign funds.

During a rally, Khan had said, “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 to support the Opposition came after both sides signed a draft prepared by Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab. The signatories also 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, according to Pakistan’s Geo TV citing sources.

MQM-P leader Faisal Subzwari confirmed the report about MQM-P siding with the opposition and tweeted, “The agreement between the joint Opposition and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan has been finalised.”

In a statement, an MQM-P spokesperson also confirmed the party’s Rabta Committee would meet at their Bahadurabad office, at 2 pm today, where the draft would be presented for ratification. The no-trust vote against Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, which is expected to take place on April 3.

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