Nearly two dozen lawmakers outraged by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party have clearly threatened to vote against the opposition’s motion of confidence in parliament in a new coup against a troubled prime minister who is struggling to hold on to power.
About 100 lawmakers from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the People’s Party of Pakistan (PPP) filed a motion of confidence in the National Assembly Secretariat on March 8 denouncing the Khan-led Tehreek-e-Insaaf government led by Khan. was responsible for the economic crisis and the country’s inflation spiral.
The session of the National Assembly for the Movement is scheduled for March 21 and the vote is expected to take place on March 28.
After the unopposed opposition presented a no-confidence motion, some members of the government began to shake hands, but the real surprise for Khan came on Thursday, when about 24 MPs from his party were ready to unite. the push to overthrow his government.
Raja Riaz, one of the MPs, told Geo News that Khan did not control inflation, another MP Noor Alam Khan told Samaa News that his many complaints were not addressed by the government.
“We are part of more than two dozen members who are unhappy with government policies,” Riaz said.
Distressed lawmakers have been at the Sindh House in Islamabad, which is owned by the Sindh government and is run by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Saeed Ghani provincial minister and Sindh government spokesman said lawmakers feared the government would kidnap them.
Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani is among the PTI lawmakers who are staying at Sindh House.
“I was threatened and asked the Sindh Prime Minister to give me a room here (Sindh House),” Dawn News reported.
The Sindh government has accused the government of kidnapping PTI lawmakers in an attempt to influence them by offering large bribes.
But Riaz told Geo News that MPs were aware of their will and were willing to leave if the prime minister assured them that they would be allowed to vote “according to our conscience”.
Prime Minister Khan consulted with his party’s leaders and ministers on Thursday and Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid asked him to impose a rule on Sindh’s governor and remove his government because he was involved in buying members of the National Assembly.
“I asked the Prime Minister to implement the rule of the Sindh governor,” Rashid told reporters after the meeting.
Khan is also consulting with his law group on how to disqualify dissidents under cross-border laws, but after a lawmaker votes against his party, it can be used in violation of the party leader’s clear instructions.
As Khan’s power weakens, he has mobilized his support base by calling for a major rally in the heart of the capital on March 27 with the aim of gathering a million workers.
Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections on March 25 in Islamabad, with Khan’s plans to hold a rally in front of parliament.
As the political drama unfolds, the powerful army is seemingly watching the scenes from the sidelines as many experts are wondering about its latest move.
A Pakistani military spokesman told the media last week that the military would remain neutral, and Khan responded by saying that the day after the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa rally, humans were leaving and “only animals were neutral.”
The army did not respond to Khan’s trail, but many interpreted the situation that Khan had entered after three-and-a-half years in power as a relatively dire situation.
Khan, 69, is leading a coalition government, and if some members decide to change sides, he can be removed.
In the 342-member National Assembly, the opposition needs 272 votes to oust Khan, a politician who has become a politician.
The PTI has 155 members in the House and needs at least 172 MPs to stay on the side of the government. The party has the support of at least 23 members of six political parties.
Khan’s PTI party came to power in 2018 and the next general election is scheduled for 2023.
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