Pakistan’s prime minister threw the country into political limbo on Sunday (April 3), accusing the U.S. of attempting to oust him and cancelling a no-confidence vote he was poised to lose. He then ordered the National Assembly dissolved so new elections can be held.
Just moments ago, Imran Khan was officially removed as Prime Minister of Pakistan with immediate effect, per notification of the Cabinet Division of the Islamic Republic.
It was unclear on Sunday where the powerful military—which has directly ruled Pakistan for more than half of its 75-year history—stood in the fray.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Claims to Have Credible Information About His Life Being in Danger
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday (April 1) he had credible information about his life being in danger, while stating that he was not afraid and would continue his fight for an independent and democratic nation.
He further said that early elections were the best option if he survived the no-confidence motion on Sunday (April 3).
Khan, who spoke to ARY News for an interview, said the “establishment” gave him three options—no-confidence vote, early elections or resignation as the Prime Minister. The 69-year-old cricketing star-turned politician was set to face a vote on the no-confidence motion that was tabled by the Opposition in the National Assembly against him a few days ago.
A day ago, Khan addressed the nation and said foreign powers were involved in the current political crisis in Pakistan and named the United States, in what seemed to be a slip of tongue.
Pakistan heads for early election amid move to remove PM Imran Khan
Pakistan’s president has dissolved parliament – a step towards early elections – following an attempt to remove PM Imran Khan from office.
It comes after parliament’s deputy speaker refused to hold a vote of no-confidence the PM was expected to lose.
Mr Khan claims the US is leading a conspiracy to remove him because of his criticism of US policy and other foreign policy decisions he has taken.
Opposition politicians ridiculed the allegation, and the US has denied it.
Imran Khan visited Moscow to meet President Vladimir Putin as Russia was launching the invasion of Ukraine. He has previously criticised America’s “War on Terror”.
The BBC’s Secunder Kermani says the prime minister is widely regarded as having come to power with the help of Pakistan’s army, but now observers say they have fallen out.