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Are PTI governors resigning?

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Governor Shah Farman already announced that he will quit if PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif becomes prime minister. However, there are reports that governors of Sindh, Punjab, and Gilgit-Baltistan will also follow suit. 

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Following the removal of PTI Chairman Imran Khan as prime minister through a no-confidence motion, PTI governors are also resigning.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Governor Shah Farman already announced that he will quit if PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif becomes prime minister. However, there are reports that governors of Sindh, Punjab, and Gilgit-Baltistan will also follow suit.

KP Governor Shah Farman flatly refused to accept Shehbaz Sharif as the next prime minister. Important to note, after ousting Imran Khan, the Opposition submitted Shehbaz Sharif’s name to the National Assembly secretariat as a candidate for the PM seat. From the PTI side, Shah Mahmood Qureshi is also competing for the PM seat. However, Shehbaz Sharif has greater prospects of success.

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“I will relinquish as the governor after Shehbaz Sharif be­comes the prime minister,” Shah Farman said. The KP Governor House had issued a statement announcing his resignation. “I cannot give Shehbaz the protocol of prime minister,” Farman also said.

Similarly, Punjab Governor Omar Sarfaraz Cheema, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, and Gilgit Baltistan Governor Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon are also likely to tender their resignations.

Important to note, Omar Sarfaraz Cheema took the oath of his office on April 3 following the removal of Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar from the post.

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Mass resignations

The success of the no-confidence motion against former prime minister Imran Khan has certainly led to mass revolt, both from PTI and the public. Last night, the public across Pakistan thronged the streets in protest against the ouster of Imran Khan.

Moreover, rejecting the joint Opposition as the new government, PTI MNAs may also resign from the National Assembly. Senior PTI leader and former minister for information and broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry announced Sunday that his party members would resign from the NA Monday if the nomination of PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif is accepted.

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On the other hand, reports state that there are disagreements over the mass PTI resignation. The majority of the members do not want PTI to resign from the NA as a political party. Former minister of state for parliamentary affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said almost 95% of the party MNAs oppose quitting the assemblies. However, former interior minister Sheikh Rasheed, and Fawad Chaudhry want MNAs to resign.