Photos The rise and fall of former Pakistan PM Imran Khan

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The Rise and Fall of Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan's political career has been an interesting one. The rise of his party‚ his fall out with the army‚ and mocking the constitution have all come into focus. And the economic policies he advocated have not been very popular either. But there's more to Imran Khan than just his delusions. Read on to learn more about this controversial leader. Photos The rise and fall of former Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan's rise to power

As Pakistani civilians voted for a new president‚ some questioned Imran Khan's rise to power. Some questioned the military's role in impeding Imran Khan's rise to power. In a recent article in the New York Times‚ journalist Kamran Yousaf said that Pakistani military leaders are deliberately trying to damage Imran Khan's ties with India. The army's role in the country's political turmoil has been attributed to the military‚ but Imran Khan claims to be in a bind and will not give up. The rift between the military and Khan's rise to power began last year after a top intelligence official was replaced. Security forces in Pakistan are considered to be the most powerful institutions in the country and support from them is crucial to the political success of the country. Imran Khan has faced numerous challenges to his power and popularity‚ but despite his deep relationship with the military‚ his rise to power remains defiant. The political gimmicks of Imran Khan's opponents can't digest his massive popularity among ordinary citizens. His election campaign drew record crowds‚ and he won five of the six seats in the National Assembly. These figures show that Imran's supporters are not the enemy. The military has been fighting the ruling elite for decades to gain control of Pakistan's politics. And despite the military's claims‚ his supporters have embraced his new political position‚ thereby ensuring that the country's democracy stays the same. As a result of the parliamentary elections‚ Imran Khan implemented a crackdown on militants and closed religious schools. He has also promised to amend existing laws to reflect international standards. This‚ however‚ has left the country in a constitutional crisis. However‚ his supporters are still optimistic about the country's future. If he stays in power‚ it will be a long time before the country's democratic process can resume.

His fall out with the army

In the past‚ the military has opposed civilian governments. But Imran Khan has stepped in. Earlier this year‚ he was rumoured to be creating his own army division and replacing DG ISI Faiz Hamid with Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum. But the army resisted and Imran Khan delayed the transfer‚ which is why the army has blamed him for the fallout. The reason Hameed and Imran Khan have fallen out is unclear‚ but his stance isn't unusual. Hameed was once considered the next Army chief and had been promoted to XI Corps commander a year before Gen Bajwa retired. Hameed had previously been in a position of political dependence and was relying on the ISI to stay in power. The two men were once considered guarantors and sought each other's protection. However‚ it is unclear if Imran Khan's fall out with the military was the cause of his political downfall. Security officials say that Khan delayed the no-confidence vote by 14 hours. He also has attempted to remove the army chief‚ which might have set the stage for a military intervention. If martial law is imposed‚ the opposition parties would be responsible. The opposition parties have a history of buying votes. The military has long benefited from American financial aid. However‚ a recent move by the government disqualified the former prime minister‚ Nawaz Sharif. Despite a lack of expertise in administration‚ the hybrid government floundered on the economic front. After all‚ the IMF has released only half of its $6 billion bailout package‚ Pakistan still suffers from high energy and food prices. Meanwhile‚ tensions between the military and civilians have reached a breaking point.

His mockery of the constitution

Imran Khan's dissolution of parliament and the subsequent no-confidence vote in the prime minister have left Pakistan in a constitutional mess. He has mocked parliamentary procedure and the rule of law by dismissing a no-confidence motion. He has been accused of trying to topple the government at the urging of foreign powers. Imran Khan's move has left the country's fragile democracy in jeopardy. Pakistan‚ a nuclear-armed country that supports the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan‚ has been plagued by instability and military coups since its establishment 75 years ago. The Supreme Court has now ruled the April 3 proceedings unconstitutional. The constitution requires the prime minister to resign as per the rules set out by parliament. This is unacceptable as he represents 60 percent of the population. Imran Khan's disrespect of the constitution has led to severe consequences for the country. As the country's prime minister‚ he has made a mockery of the constitution in an attempt to gain power. The Supreme Court has declared Imran Khan's dissolution of parliament unconstitutional‚ putting Pakistan on the verge of a constitutional crisis. It has also declared the no-confidence motion to be part of a foreign conspiracy. The Supreme Court's decision is a setback for Imran Khan‚ but it is a positive step for the country's democracy. The government can now be held responsible for the misbehavior of the constitution and avoid further constitutional crisis. After the ruling by the Supreme Court‚ Imran Khan faces the decision of whether to stand for no-confidence vote in parliament or face a no-confidence motion. Whether Imran Khan will face the no-confidence motion or resign in the wake of the ruling. In the meantime‚ the opposition has lodged an appeal in the Supreme Court against the ruling. In his view‚ the court may even tell the speaker to hold voting on the no-confidence motion.

His delusions about the economy

Pakistan is facing a difficult period right now‚ and the political leaders must hold their nerve and maintain their spine‚ and Imran Khan's delusions about economic growth are making it more difficult for them. Imran Khan has been consistently taking potshots at the US and other global powers in his election campaign. Such antics are hardly likely to help him win the elections in Pakistan‚ and they will only make the future rulers of the country's government's job more difficult. For some time now‚ Imran Khan has given running commentary on media‚ national TV‚ strategic forums‚ and political rallies in Islamabad. In this context‚ Khan is portraying himself as the most nationalist leader since M. A. Jinnah‚ and he has compared his opponents with the CIA. It is not hard to see why people would think that Imran Khan is an agent of the US. The Khan government is‚ at its core‚ an undemocratic‚ civilian facade for long-term‚ unelected rule. It draws its support from reactionary segments of the population‚ comical patriarchal-theological charlatanism‚ the upper middle class‚ and one monopolist institution. And because of this‚ Khan is more prone to bluster than any other politician. As a result‚ his actions reflect a weak personality and a need to make an impression. Pakistan's prime minister‚ Imran Khan‚ promised a 'Naya Pakistan'‚ yet he has failed to focus on the economy and its growth. According to a recent poll‚ two-thirds of respondents cite inflation as their top concern. The consumer price index rose 12.2 percent in February while the U.S. rose 7.9 percent. Imran Khan is wrong about Pakistan's economy. Despite the many delusions‚ the country's economy remains in a rotten state.

His disqualification as prime minister

The question of whether Imran Khan should be disqualified as prime minister remains a big question. The election of Imran Khan was largely attributed to military support. Opponents accused the military of orchestrating a soft coup‚ but Khan has denied the charges. In a recent interview with the BBC‚ Imran Khan said that the military had never done anything wrong during the election. The question is‚ how long does the process take? The government has asked the Supreme Court to rule on the case. If the court rules that Imran Khan should not be allowed to continue as prime minister‚ other dissidents from his party could be disqualified from office. If this happens‚ Imran Khan will have a harder time holding onto power. And his disqualification is unlikely to be permanent. The military has remained neutral in the current political crisis‚ even though the army has been accused of meddling in politics. However‚ Prime Minister Khan has criticized the military for its neutrality‚ saying that only an animal can be neutral. But now‚ he has backed off on his stance. There is no proof‚ but Imran Khan is still in the running for prime minister. And with his faith in Islam‚ he will never be thrown out of power. However‚ the political turmoil in Pakistan has spilled over into Punjab province‚ which is home to 60% of the country's two20 million people. On Wednesday‚ Khan's ally was disqualified for the job of chief provincial minister after political opponents elected their own candidate. The election of a new chief provincial minister could spell the end of Imran Khan's government. But the question remains‚ how can the country's politics survive such a crisis?