Pakistan PM Imran Khan ousted after losing no-confidence vote in
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Pakistan PM Imran Khan Ousted After No Confidence Vote
There's no doubt that Pakistan PM Imran Khan's tenure has been marred by economic crisis and a crackdown on dissent. However‚ it appears that the no-confidence vote was not an accident. The country's media reported evidence that US military forces may have had a hand in the no-confidence vote. Although the military denies any involvement in civilian politics‚ generals in Pakistan's army would not sit idly by when their core interests are threatened.
Prime Minister Imran Khan's tenure has been blighted by economic crisis
The next Pakistani prime minister is likely to be Imran Khan‚ who has vowed to solve the country's economic crisis when he takes office. A war in neighboring Ukraine has exacerbated Pakistan's trade deficit and increased the cost of living. Imran Khan has tried to counter the economic impact of the war by implementing a series of subsidy programs and tax breaks‚ but he has yet to see much progress. While he has won the election‚ the economy remains a source of great uncertainty. While Imran Khan came to power with the backing of the military‚ he has failed to deliver on his promises. He promised an end to corruption‚ a better life for Pakistanis‚ and recovery of stolen money. He also promised to address longstanding issues like homelessness and inadequate housing‚ and would create millions of jobs in the public sector. However‚ the economic crisis has only compounded this problem and is the main reason for the political turmoil in Pakistan. The next Pakistan prime minister will almost certainly come from a political dynast. Although Prime Minister Imran Khan once promised to drive political dynasties out of the country‚ it seems unlikely that this will happen. Imran Khan's brother‚ Shehbaz Sharif‚ runs the main opposition party‚ Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. Meanwhile‚ Bilawal Bhutto Zardari‚ the son of the former prime minister and head of the Pakistan Peoples Party‚ has already stated that he wants Shehbaz Sharif to have the job. Meanwhile‚ the PTI press team used this narrative to claim that the PTI government could not craft a principled foreign policy because previous governments were too dependent on foreign powers. This claim is based on PTI's own narrative of 22 years of political struggle. While the PTI government portrayed Imran Khan as a messiah‚ the government has failed to do so.
His anti-corruption drive led to clampdown on dissent
Azam Khan gained political footing in Pakistan in 2011 after a string of successful rallies in which millions of young and urban Pakistanis joined. Known for criticising the US and foreign policy‚ Khan's appeals to global powers have led to a crackdown on dissent and the emergence of an anti-corruption drive. Khan was elected prime minister in 2018 but his rivals credited his victory to a back-room deal with the military. Critics also claimed the security forces had imposed a campaign of intimidation to prevent Khan's rise to power. Many criticized Khan's strongman style of governing and argued that the move weakened the rule of law. The ruling was based on an earlier Supreme Court decision that declared that the government has the right to suppress dissent and censor media. The ensuing judicial crisis shook the nation and tainted Imran Khan's popularity. The Supreme Court‚ which has sided with the military in the past‚ now appears to be siding with the rule of law. The government has sought help from international governments in its quest to fight corruption. In July‚ British Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Pakistan's law minister signed a joint declaration on the fight against corruption. It lists the countries' involvement in a process to transfer prisoners and bring corrupt back to Pakistan. Other foreign governments have been asked to provide help in tracking down Pakistanis who have acquired properties worth billions in the UAE. Meanwhile‚ the Pakistani government has also been hastened the signing of a bilateral treaty with Switzerland. In addition to the harsh anti-corruption drive‚ the government has also implemented new laws and incentives to encourage whistleblowers. In Lahore‚ Imran Khan announced a new incentive to motivate whistleblowers by offering them 20 percent of the ill-gotten assets of corrupt people. The incentive is intended to incentivize close associates and business partners of corrupt individuals to report corruption. Moreover‚ the incentive is aimed at the employees of powerful kingpins.
His party tried to delay and block the vote
The opposition accused Khan of stalling the vote as part of an illegal plot to buy support in the assembly. Khan has also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin just hours after Ukraine invaded its neighbor. He has also urged his supporters to hold protests on Sunday. Despite the ruling of the Supreme Court‚ Khan and his party are still fighting for power. Imran Khan has accused his opponents of colluding with foreign powers and threatening to resign if he is unable to win the elections. The opposition's no-confidence motion was presented to the Pakistani parliament on March 21. Khan lost his majority in the lower house after more than a dozen lawmakers said they would vote against him. Khan's party and allies tried to delay the vote‚ calling it an act of foreign interference. The party also claimed the no-confidence vote violated the constitution‚ which calls for loyalty to the state. In response‚ Khan's government called a snap election and dissolved parliament. Earlier‚ opposition members accused Khan of treason and filed a petition with the Supreme Court. The court ruled that the vote must go ahead. The United States' actions on Pakistan's nuclear arsenal have also increased the tensions between the two countries. In February‚ the United States suspended security assistance to Khan's government‚ citing Khan's unwillingness to act against the Taliban and other extremists. The no-confidence vote was expected to empower the Jamiat-e-Ulema-Islam party‚ a radical religious party with Taliban ties.
His party walked out of the house
Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan is facing the risk of being removed from power‚ following the no-confidence vote. The country's government has struggled to control a nuclear-armed nation for decades. No prime minister has served out his full term in office. This is the first no-confidence vote in a Pakistani prime minister's career. It's also the first time a prime minister has been removed from office because of the vote. The ruling came despite the strong opposition in the National Assembly. After losing the no-confidence vote‚ his party stormed out of the house. The Supreme Court declared the no-confidence motion against the prime minister unconstitutional. The National Assembly meeting began at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. The voting was postponed until 12:30 pm. After the meeting adjourned at that time‚ parliament resumed‚ and the count began around midnight. The opposition won the no-confidence vote by a majority of 174 members. The opposition secured 174 votes in the 342-member house. PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif led the opposition charge. Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan are brothers. The PTI has had trouble winning elections in the past‚ but it has regrouped. The political opposition is now preparing to install the new prime minister. Imran Khan's party has called for protests to protest his ouster. The parliamentary opposition has accused Washington of orchestrating the coup and called on Khan's supporters to take to the streets. While Khan's party walked out of the house prior to the vote‚ his party's leadership has no choice but to accept the vote by the Supreme Court.
His no-confidence vote was overturned by the supreme court
Prime Minister Imran Khan could be removed from office this weekend after a no-confidence vote was overturned by the Supreme Court. The court ruled that the government's attempt to block the no-confidence vote was unconstitutional and voting should take place. The no-confidence vote was tabled on Sunday by opposition lawmakers‚ who claimed that Khan had been the victim of a conspiracy orchestrated by the US. The opposition accused Khan of treason and asked the highest court to rule on a constitutional breach. Khan's move has exacerbated the crisis‚ with many predicting his resignation. Earlier this week‚ he called for protests and said he would not accept a government imported from the West. He has accused the opposition of plotting with foreign powers to topple him. After the ruling‚ the National Assembly will meet once again on Saturday. The Supreme Court dismissed a no-confidence motion against Khan by the Deputy Speaker‚ Qasim Suri‚ who then called for a snap election at the president's direction. However‚ the opposition has branded the decision a treasonous move and challenged its legality in court. The ruling came after opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif called for a no-confidence vote against Khan. The five-judge panel said that the government's no-confidence motion was unconstitutional and urged the restoration of parliament. On the day of the ruling‚ Prime Minister Khan had not filed a review petition before the deadline had passed. The government has now been given until Monday to file it. Shireen Mazari‚ the Pakistani minister for human rights‚ has called the ruling a judicial coup and accused the US of conspiring to overthrow the government. The United States denies the accusations‚ saying that the ruling was the result of blatant efforts at regime change in Pakistan. Today‚ the nation will await the outcome of the ruling in this tumultuous episode.