After MQM struck a deal, the PTI-led government now has only 164 Members of National Assembly (MNA) against the Opposition’s 179 after the support from MQM.
Islamabad: A day after a key ally backstabbed the ruling faction of Pakistan and struck a deal with the Opposition, the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday said he will he will not resign from the post and fight till the end.
Khan said, “Even as a cricketer, I have always played till the last ball. And I intend to do that now as well.”
Khan’s announcement comes in the backdrop of a no-trust vote against him in the National Assembly scheduled on Sunday.
Reiterating that there is “foreign conspiracy” to topple his government, Khan said, “I want my country to see the faces of those who sell out their conscience (in the assembly),” he said, alleging that members’ support is being bought by the opposition. “This drama is happening in front of the country at Marriott and Sindh House.”
The National Assembly of Pakistan has 342 seats and the majority mark stands at 172. After Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM) struck a deal, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government now has only 164 Members of National Assembly (MNA) against the Opposition’s 179.
In a tweet, key Opposition party Pakistan People’s Party’s chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said, “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.”
It is important to note that Khan has been alleging “foreign” support to topple the government. Earlier, he 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.”