Imran Khan becomes the first PM of Pakistan to be removed from power by a no confidence vote.
As the political crisis in Pakistan took a dangerous turn on Saturday night, airports across Pakistan were put on high alert and directed not to allow any government official to fly abroad without a no-object certificate.
In addition, extraordinary security measures were taken in the federal capital Islamabad and emergency was declared at all hospitals. Leaves of Islamabad Police personnel were also cancelled and the administration of the federal capital was put on high alert.
Paramilitary forces were also seen patrolling on the roads of Islamabad.
A prison van was also seen parked outside the Parliament House.
Pakistani Prime Minister Claims U.S. Attempting to Oust Him in a “Regime Change”
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said the US is attempting to oust him in a “regime change,” claiming the ongoing no-confidence vote (UPDATE 3:08pm ET: Khan lost) was ordered from a foreign capital.
“There is a conspiracy from abroad. This is a very serious allegation… that a foreign country conspired to topple an entire government,” he said, repeating allegations that Washington pressured other officials in Islamabad to remove him from office.
The Joe Biden administration has denied the charge.
Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif is spearheading the effort to unseat Khan and says he will likely become prime minister if the current premier is removed.
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