It has become virtually impossible for Imran Khan to save the mattress as his main ally has also resigned before the no-confidence motion.
The no-confidence motion against him will be put to a vote in the Pakistani parliament next Sunday. But before that, one ally after another is openly withdrawing support from the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan. In this situation, there is growing speculation that he may resign before the vote.
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the speculation has been further strengthened after the meeting of Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa with Imran on Wednesday afternoon. A Pakistani media source claimed that Imran could announce his resignation in a speech to the nation on Wednesday after talks with allies and party leaders. However, Imran’s office did not comment on the matter.
The ‘magic number’ to prove majority in the 342-seat Pak National Assembly is 182. Imran’s own party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has 155 members. But a number of PTI MPs have already publicly expressed distrust of Imran’s leadership. There are also six members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) and five members of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), which withdrew its support to the Imran government on Wednesday.
The Jamhuri Watan Party, which withdrew its support last Sunday, has one member. Desperate to save the mat, Imran on Monday removed his party’s Punjab chief minister. The move is aimed at giving the post to another “outraged ally”, the Pakistan Muslim League-Qaeda (PML-Q). The number of members in the National Assembly (PML-Q) is 5.