ISLAMABAD   -   As the Supreme Court order restoring the National Assembly is being considered as a major blow to the politics of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the ruling PTI on Thursday summoned separate meetings of the parliamentary party and the cabinet for today (Friday) to discuss the option of en masse resignations amid on-going political crisis.

The apex court order that also set aside the ruling of NA deputy speaker dismissing the no-trust resolution against PM Khan has sent some shocking waves into the PTI camp that was expecting that the SC might order fresh polls keeping in view the present week-longs political upheaval in the country.

Though the major leadership of PTI and federal ministers kept their silence over the “unfavourable” decision for them, PM Khan himself took to Twitter to say that he had called separate meetings of the cabinet and the parliamentary party for today. He also announced to address the nation on Friday night. “My message to our nation is I have always & will continue to fight for Pak till the last ball.”

The Prime Minister gave this statement minutes after Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also made a similar statement but only through Twitter.

As the pressure on PM Khan is growing from opposition to resign to avoid his “embarrassing” removal through no-trust motion, the official ruling party sources confirmed that the premier did not want himself to be voted out and some crucial decisions are expected in the parliamentary party and the cabinet meetings which can prolong the present political turmoil.

One option being discussed within the PTI circles is about tendering of the en bloc resignations of all of its 135 MNAs, minus 20 dissident lawmakers, from the NA because the ruling believes that this will plunge the country into another political crisis and pave the way for early elections. Some political analysts are of the view that some legal hitches can emerge if both the speaker and deputy speaker who belonged to the ruling PTI also resigned along with other party lawmakers.

Some PTI insiders said that the cabinet meeting, which would likely to be the last one of PM Khan’s government, can also decide to refer the matter of a controversial diplomatic cable containing threat to topple the present government to some investigation agency. The party wants to build up a strong narrative on the basis of this alleged foreign conspiracy and it is likely that the cabinet in its meeting would give a strong reaction over this.

Prime Minister Khan earlier had postponed some cabinet meetings consecutively during this on-going political upheaval after allied parties of the PTI-led ruling coalition started negotiations with the opposition to join its ranks.