As the crucial no-confidence vote approaches and political alliances remain uncertain, at least 50 ministers from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have gone’missing from the political front,’ according to the Express Tribune.
More than 50 federal and provincial ministers have not been seen in public since the opposition began to pile on the pressure on Prime Minister Imran Khan.
According to sources, 25 of these ministers are federal and provincial advisers and special assistants, while four are ministers of state, four advisers, and 19 special assistants.
The strange development comes as many PTI ministers’ deafening silence fuels speculation that, like their allies, the ministers are weighing other options while waiting for the right time, according to The Express Tribune.
However, at the federal level, the embattled Prime Minister maintains strong support.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Energy Minister Hammad Azhar, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, and Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed are among the most vocal stalwarts who continue to propagate the government’s narrative, putting themselves front and centre in Khan’s defence.
However, in times of crisis, a large number of federal and provincial ministers and cabinet members are conspicuous by their absence.