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KP Assembly reposes trust in CM Mahmood

Chief minister says PTI MPAs received ‘many offers’ from opposition ahead of vote but they turned them down

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Assembly session began on Monday in which Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan won the vote of no-confidence tabled against him by the joint opposition.

“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will always stand by the captain,” the chief minister said after winning the vote. He added that PTI MPAs had received “many offers” from the opposition ahead of the no-confidence vote, but they turned them down.

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CM Mahmood claimed that his MPAs left the opposition “disappointed”, adding that he was proud of them as they were not sell-outs.

Expressing gratitude on Twitter, the chief minister stated that a vote in his favour was a vote of confidence for Imran Khan.

The session presided over by Mushtaq Ghani, witnessed government members in the KP Assembly chanting slogans against the United States and the “imported government”.

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During the heated session, Nighat Orakzai from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Anwar Zeb of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) exchanged bitter words.

As tensions soared, CM Mahmood Khan tried to intervene as the PPP lawmaker attempted to reach Anwar Zeb’s seat.

The session was later adjourned until May 10.

Addressing the party’s parliamentary meeting ahead of the session, Khan stated that everyone witnessed the events that unfolded in the country in the previous days. “An imported government was imposed overnight,” he said.

CM Khan accused the opposition of being “thieves and looters” who conspired against former prime minister Imran Khan’s regime.

The provincial minister remarked that the end of Imran Khan’s government marked the beginning of a new struggle.

The CM declared that the “people are with us in this struggle”, confident in the belief that the PTI will return to power with a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly in the next elections.

CM Khan urged workers to refrain from criticising state institutions as all deserved respect.

Referring to the nationwide protests held last night, the CM stated that people across Pakistan were coming out in favour of Imran Khan deeming the protests “historically unprecedented”.

Mahmood Khan announced that a large meeting has been planned for April 13 in Peshawar which will be addressed by PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

He urged the PTI lawmakers and workers to make the meeting a historic one in terms of turnout. “It is time to stand by the leader; we will stick with the captain till the end”.

Taking a jibe at Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the chief minister congratulated Bilawal on the “old Pakistan”, claiming that his province was happy with the new one.

He was referring to Bilawal’s speech in the National Assembly on April 3 when Imran Khan lost a no-confidence motion.

“Welcome back to old Pakistan,” Bilawal had said in his speech.

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