Pakistan’s parliament voted for a no-confidence motion in Prime Minister Imran Khan – a decision supported by 174 deputies of the 342-seat National Assembly. Even before voting began, Speaker of the House Asad Qaiser resigned his post, saying he could not participate in a “foreign conspiracy to remove the prime minister”.
The head of government himself has repeatedly stated that the political process against him was allegedly inspired and financed from abroad. He called upon fellow citizens to participate in peaceful protests nationwide on 10 April.
Pakistan’s lower house of parliament (National Assembly) voted for a vote of no confidence in the country’s incumbent Prime Minister Imran Khan. This was reported on Sunday night by the Geo TV channel .
“Thus, Imran Khan lost the post of Prime Minister of Pakistan. According to local observers, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz faction) party leader Shahbaz Sharif and the younger brother of famous politician Nawaz Sharif, who was the prime minister of Pakistan three times, could become the new prime minister, TASS reports.
The political crisis in Pakistan escalated sharply on 3 April, when the opposition launched another effort to bring a no-confidence motion on the prime minister, accusing Khan of failing to improve the economic situation and corruption. The same day, Pakistani President Arif Alvi dissolved the National Assembly after Vice Speaker Qasim Suri said, “Such a vote would be against the country’s constitution.”
However, already on Thursday, 7 April, the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared the decision to dissolve the National Assembly and quash the motion of no confidence in Khan unconstitutional.
As a result, on Saturday, after deliberations between the parties, the meeting was adjourned twice, and when it began, it was interrupted by Speaker Asad Qaiser – he resigned from his post, saying that he could not “participate in a foreign conspiracy to remove the Prime Minister”.
Vote of no confidence
Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif, who spoke at the meeting, said the opposition parties would “remove the prime minister as per the legal and constitutional process”.
Imran Khan has repeatedly claimed that the political process against him was allegedly inspired and financed from abroad.
A day earlier, in an address to the nation, the prime minister said that if the vote in the National Assembly was successful on a no-confidence vote, an “imported government” would come to power in the country, which he would never recognize. According to him, the transfer of power should be done in a democratic way – through elections.
According to Khan, he does not have “money, property or bank accounts abroad”, so his decisions are not subject to outside influence.
“This whole drama is about taking one person out,” he explained. The head of government called on fellow citizens to participate in peaceful protests nationwide on 10 April. “You must protect freedom. It is your responsibility,” Khan said.
The politician also expressed the opinion that attempts to remove him as prime minister were made “several months” by the West before the opposition moved a motion of no confidence. Talking about this, he referred to Asad Majid Khan, former Ambassador of Pakistan to the US, who completed his assignment on March 24.