Setback for PTI as MQM-P quits federal cabinet

Setback for PTI as MQM-P quits federal cabinet

Setback for PTI as MQM-P quits federal cabinet

MQM-Pakistan leader Syed Aminul Haq (L)- Farogh Naseem (R)—Image: File

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ISLAMABAD: In a major development, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), a key ally of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the Centre, resigned from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s federal cabinet on Wednesday after reaching an agreement with the joint opposition on the no-confidence motion.

Syed Aminul Haque, the federal cabinet’s minister of information and telecommunications, confirmed the report.

Barrister Forough Naseem held the portfolio of Law and Justice while Syed Aminul Haq was the Federal Minister for IT.

Dr Muhammad Farogh Naseem, the Federal Minister for Law, announced on Wednesday morning that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) will resign from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet.

Read more: Governor Sindh rushes to MQM-P after it decides to support no-trust motion

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MQM-P, Joint Opposition reach agreement on no-trust motion 

The MQM-P has opted to abandon the ruling PTI and join the joint Opposition in opposing Prime Minister Imran Khan’s no-confidence vote, BOL News reported on Wednesday.

With the MQM-P’s unexpected attack on Imran Khan before the no-confidence motion, the government is now supported by only 164 members of Parliament. Meanwhile, the unified Opposition has grown to 177 members.

Read more: PML-Q to support PM in no-confidence voting, Punjab CM Buzdar resigns

Taking to Twitter, MQM-P leader Faisal Subzwari wrote: “The agreement between the joint Opposition and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan has been finalised. After the ratification of the proposed agreement by the PPP CEC, MQM Pakistan Coordinating Committee, the details will be revealed before the media tomorrow at 4 pm.”

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also confirmed that the United Opposition and MQM have reached an agreement. He tweeted:

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“Rabta committee MQM & PPP CEC will ratify the said agreement. We will then share details with the media in a press conference tomorrow IA. Congratulations Pakistan,” Bilawal added.

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