Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote

Pakistan’s parliament voted to overthrow Prime Minister Imran Khan in a “no-confidence vote” early Sunday, with 174 of the 342 MPs voting to overthrow him, according to the BBC. The vote comes after Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday against its government’s dismissal of a planned “no-confidence” vote.

Khan recommended on April 3 that Pakistani President Arif Alvi dissolve Pakistan’s National Assembly under Article 58 of Pakistan’s constitution, although Pakistan’s Supreme Court also overturned that move in its April 7 ruling and ordered parliament to reconvene on Saturday.

Khan said Friday he was “saddened by this” but accepted Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruling dusk newspaper reports.

“I am saddened by the verdict, but I accept it,” said the prime minister at the start of a national television broadcast address on April 8, as quoted by the dusk.

“There was foreign interference in Pakistan [planned] no self-confidence [vote]. I wanted the SC [Supreme Court] at least to look at. It was a very serious allegation that a foreign country was conspiring to overthrow the government,” Khan said.

The prime minister referred to a March 8 motion by Pakistani opposition parties proposing that Pakistan’s parliament should table a “motion of no confidence” in Khan. Deputy Speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly, Qasim Khan Suri, on April 3 declared the proposed “no-confidence motion” to be “unconstitutional.”

Prime Minister Khan on March 27 accused foreign forces, which he later described as members of the US State Department, of instigating the “no-confidence motion” against him as part of an effort to impose regime change in Pakistan by ousting Khan from power.

Suri, a close political ally of Khan, cited this alleged foreign conspiracy as the reason for declaring the “no-confidence motion” unconstitutional. Suri specifically described the “motion of no confidence” as “violating Article 5 of the [Pakistan] Constitution.”

Article 5 of the Pakistani Constitution states: “Loyalty to the state is the basic duty of every citizen” and “Obedience to the constitution and the law is the [inviolable] Obligation of every citizen, wherever they are, and first of all every other person in Pakistan.”

Khan and Suri have in recent days cited an alleged US State Department letter to Islamabad in which Washington “threatened” to force Khan’s ouster as evidence of foreign interference in the country’s government.

“An official document said, ‘If Imran Khan remains prime minister, our relations will suffer and you will face difficulties,'” Khan said during a live nationally televised address on March 31. “That means she [the Opposition] associated with these people abroad,” the prime minister claimed.

Khan referred to this alleged written document during his nationally broadcast speech on April 8. “The SC [Supreme Court] could have at least asked about it and looked at the document to see if we were telling the truth. I was a bit disappointed because this is a very big topic and there wasn’t any discussion about it in the SC,” he admitted.

According to the BBC, Pakistan’s parliament will meet on Monday to vote on the country’s new prime minister. The new prime minister is expected to be the head of the Pakistan Muslim League and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz Sharif, according to the Associated Press. Nawaz Sharif was found guilty of corruption by Pakistan’s Supreme Court in 2017 and disqualified from office.

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