Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan blames US for his overthrow

Political instability threatens in nuclear country

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been fired after losing a vote of no confidence. What is happening threatens new political instability in a nuclear country with a population of 220 million people.

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Imran Khan, a former cricket star, came to power in 2018 but recently lost his parliamentary majority. He accused his opponents of colluding with the US to remove him, Sky News reported.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was fired after he lost a vote of no confidence, ending a constitutional crisis as he tried to stay in power.

Opposition politicians put forward the motion last Sunday, and Imran Khan reacted by dissolving parliament and calling early elections, a move the Supreme Court later ruled illegal.

The vote was called due to allegations of mismanagement and political mismanagement. and opponents accused him of failing to revive the economy and fight corruption.

The head of the Pakistani government accused his opponents of colluding with the US to remove him and called on people to take to the streets this weekend in protest.


In an address to the nation on Friday, Imran Khan said the vote of no confidence was the result of a “foreign conspiracy” linked to the United States. The Pakistani prime minister said the US singled him out because, unlike his adversaries, he could not be “easily used as a stooge of the West” regarding independent foreign policy. He said he was not anti-American but would not allow his nation to be “used as toilet paper” in a “unilateral relationship.”

The U.S. State Department issued a statement saying that Khan's allegations of interference “are not true”. “We are closely following developments in Pakistan and we respect and support Pakistan's constitutional process and the rule of law, but when it comes to these allegations, they are not true,” the statement said.

Preparing for a vote in the Pakistani parliament was turbulent, and members of Imran Khan's party tried to prevent the vote.

Opposing politicians accused him of treason in an attempt to refute the Supreme Court's claim.

Imran Khan held meetings with senior military figures, raising fears that he would attempt to declare martial law to maintain power.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan, in turn, prepared the Supreme Court to find the government in contempt of court if it does not allow a vote of confidence to be heard by midnight.

Opposition parties were able to win 174 votes in the 342-member chamber in support of a vote of no confidence. According to Reuters, several politicians from Imran Khan's ruling party attended the trial.

Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif, brother of imprisoned former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is set to become interim prime minister.

The opposition has said it will hold a general election no earlier than October.

Drama threatens new political instability in a nuclear nation of 220 million, Sky News notes. The streets of the capital Islamabad were heavily policed ​​and paramilitary, with shipping containers blocking the roads.

No prime minister has completed a full five-year term since the country's independence from Britain in 1947. Pakistan's military has ruled the country directly for nearly half of its 75-year history, overthrowing successive democratically elected governments. The rest of the time, the military indirectly manipulated elected governments from behind the scenes.


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