Pakistan’s ruling government receives another blow after Muttahida Quami Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P), the former ally of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government tied up with the opposition to vote against Imran Khan in the no-confidence motion.
The government has lost its majority in Pakistan parliament’s lower house. This will also prove to be a downside for the PTI led government in the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan, the President of Pakistan which is set to take place on the 3rd of April, reported Geo TV.
The opposition in the national assembly is now leading with 177 members while the Pakistani government now consist of only 164 members.
The Pakistani National Assembly is comprised of 342 members, with 172 being the mark of majority. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led coalition government previously had the strength of 179 members but they now stand at 164. With 177 members, the opposition no longer needs the support of PTI MNAs.
MQM-P’s decision to take the opposition’s side came into light after both of the parties signed an agreement arranged by administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab. The document was signed by Shahbaz Sharif, the leader of the opposition party in the National Assembly, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the chief of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and Asif Ali Zardari, Co-chairman of Pakistan People’s party, Geo Tv reported.
Faisal Subzwari, the leader of MQM-P has confirmed the coalition in his tweet. “The agreement between the joint Opposition and the Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan has been finalised”, stated Mr Subzwari.