Islamabad : Imran Khan’s close aide Fawad Chaudhry said on Monday that all legislators of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party would resign from the National Assembly before voting to elect a new prime minister. Former information minister Chaudhry said the decision was taken at a meeting of party MPs ahead of the election of the prime minister for which the party has nominated former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Chaudhry tweeted, “Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Parliamentary Committee has decided to resign from the National Assembly. Today, all the members of the assembly are submitting their resignations to the Speaker.” He also announced that the former ruling party would fight for independence and would not be part of any government that was being “formed under a foreign agenda, in reference to an allegation by Imran Khan that the US was plotting to topple his government. Included. The decision came when Pakistan’s parliament was to meet to elect a new prime minister in the wake of Imran Khan’s removal through a no-confidence motion.

Opposition candidate and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif and former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi are in the race to become the new prime minister. According to the secretariat, the National Assembly has been called to meet at 2:00 pm (local time) for the crucial vote. Qureshi clearly has little chance of succeeding as his party has been decimated by defection. A candidate who wins in a house of 342 must have the support of at least 172 MPs. The united opposition supporting Shahbaz has shown the required numbers in the no-confidence motion.

Meanwhile, GEO TV quoted sources as saying that Imran Khan has decided to step down as a member of the National Assembly. “We will not sit in this assembly under any circumstances,” Khan was quoted as saying by sources familiar with the matter. He said that PTI will not sit in the assembly with those who have looted Pakistan and imported by foreign forces. “We have taken this decision to put pressure on the institutions that want this government to run the country. […] We will not let them continue.”

However, sources said that most of the party members opposed Khan’s decision to resign, and instead, advised him that he should face the opposition on every front. Khan replied, “Even if I am left alone, I will resign.” The process of electing the new leader of the House began on Sunday after Khan was removed from office via a no-confidence vote, becoming the first prime minister in the country’s history to be sent home after losing the confidence of the House.

Earlier, Khan’s party discussed the issue of mass resignation in its core committee meeting on Sunday but it could not reach any decision. Chaudhary told the media after the meeting that the PTI MLAs would resign if Shahbaz was allowed to contest for the prime minister’s post. But the decision was left to the PTI Parliamentary Party meeting held before the Assembly session. Ahead of the election of the new prime minister, the opposition parties were in talks to finalize the new cabinet as well as agree on the names of the speaker and deputy speaker.