After the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lost the majority in the National Assembly following several dissident lawmakers’ announcement that they would not support the government, the opposition has called on Prime Minister Imran Khan to step down.
Members of the opposition, as well as lawmakers from within the ruling party, have indicated that several dissident MNA’s have broken party rank, costing the PTI their majority in the NA.
On Thursday evening, PTI MNA Ramesh Kumar Vankwani claimed that three federal ministers left the ruling party.
PTI leader Raja Riaz also claimed that two dozen lawmakers of the ruling party would be voting ‘according to their conscience’ during the vote of no-confidence session. The PTI MNA, who is also a member of the Jahangir Tareen group, reported that 24 PTI MNAs have moved to the Sindh House in Islamabad, citing security concerns and threats from the PTI.
“Today, Imran Khan has lost the moral legitimacy to run the government and the country. Clearly, the Imran Khan has no majority in the House,” Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar said, adding that the identity of the three defecting minister would ‘shock’ the prime minister.
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) issued a statement on behalf of Punjab President President Rana Sanaullah Khan for the prime minister to resign, citing a “serious constitutional crisis” arisen in the county.