Pak National Assembly Session Starts, Imran Khan Faces No-Trust Vote: 10 Points

Imran Khan: No Prime Minister has ever seen out a full term in Pakistan since its inception.

New Delhi:
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan today faces the most crucial challenge of his political career as he might become the first PM to be removed through a no-trust vote.

Here’s your 10-point guide to this big story:

  1. The Pakistan national assembly has met for the crucial session during which the Imran Khan government will face a no-confidence vote. Voting on the motion is the fourth item on today’s agenda.

  2. Mr Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party effectively lost the majority in the assembly earlier this month when a key coalition partner said its seven lawmakers would vote with the opposition. More than a dozen lawmakers from the ruling party indicated they would cross over.

  3. The opposition says it has more than 172 votes in the 342-seat assembly, which needs a quarter of members present for a quorum.

  4. Calling on the people of Pakistan to protect the country’s sovereignty, Prime Minister Khan last night asked the people to hit the streets on Sunday and peacefully protest against an “imported government”.

  5. PM Khan claimed that foreign powers are trying to topple his government and Pakistan’s lawmakers are being traded like sheep to accomplish this.

  6. “We got to know that US diplomats were meeting our people. Then we got to know about the entire plan,” he said, adding that he is not at the liberty to publicly release all the details owing to national security concerns.

  7. He also slammed the country’s media, accusing it of “celebrating” the government’s fall.

  8. PM Khan said foreign powers want a pliable PM and that’s why they are trying to push him out. He has called the political situation an attack on the sovereignty of Pakistan. “We are 22 crore people. It is insulting that someone from outside is ordering this to 22 crore people,” he said.

  9. The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a move by PM Khan to block a parliamentary vote seeking to oust him. The dismissal of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan was “unconstitutional”, the Pakistan Supreme Court said. It reconstituted the national assembly and ordered the Speaker to call a session.

  10. If Mr Khan loses, the opposition could nominate its own Prime Minister and hold power until August 2023, by which date fresh elections have to be held.

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