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PML-Q Ditches Dinner Hosted By PM Amid Cracks In Ruling Coalition

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Amid the rifts between the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its allies in centre, Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) ditched the dinner hosted by Prime Minister Imran Khan for the coalition parties’ lawmakers, citing the ‘busy schedule’ of party leaders.

The prime minister had invited PTI and its coalition parties’ lawmakers to PM House for a dinner on Sunday night. However, PML-Q – a major ally of the ruling party – decided not to attend the dinner saying that all the party leaders had prior commitments.

Earlier on Sunday, the PML-Q spokesperson said that the federal government contacted the party leadership and invited them to the dinner. “But the party leaders will not be attending the dinner due to their busy schedules. Nonetheless, we will be voting for the government’s side to approve the budget for FY 2020-21.”

On June 17, Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) leader Akhtar Mengal had announced that his party was breaking its alliance with the ruling coalition. “Today, I announce in Parliament [the BNP-M’s] separation from PTI’s [ruling] alliance,” Mengal had said while addressing the National Assembly.

However, the lawmaker had clarified that his party will continue to be part of the National Assembly and keep talking about the issues, people of Balochistan have been facing since long.

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