Pakistan Political Crisis: Parliament Dissolved

April 4, 2022

Pakistan Political Crisis: Parliament Dissolved

Pakistan Political Crisis: Prime Minister Imran Khan asks the president to dissolve the parliament and hold an election after the no-confidence movement against Khan is dismissed.

Why is Pakistan’s opposition seeking PM Imran Khan’s removal?

Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing the biggest political crisis of his career as the opposition prepares to move a no-confidence motion against Khan in parliament and bring down his government, which has ruled the country since August 2018.

Khan, who came to power on a platform of anti-corruption and other political reforms in Pakistan, has denounced the opposition as a “gang of thieves” and promised to defeat the no-confident vote.

One of the ruling party members attacked the motives of the opposition. He said: “This is all just to save themselves,” referring to the Sharif brothers who lead the PMLN and former president Asif Zardari, who heads the PPP.

“They know Prime Minister Khan is not going to forgive their corruption and that the accountability net is tightening around them,” he added.

But the confident opposition dismissed the government’s claims and predicted victory in the no-confidence vote.

The National Assembly deputy speaker, of the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf PTI, dismissed the move against Khan on Sunday, saying it went against the article-5 of the constitution.

Later on Sunday, a statement from the presidency confirmed the National Assembly has been dissolved which means the elections will be held within 90 days.

The no-trust vote, if passed with enough votes, could have Khan out of office.

“Brazenly unconstitutional move”

Salahuddin Ahamad, an advocate of the Supreme Court and constitutional expert stated that calling off the vote was “clearly unconstitutional”.

“His [Speaker of Parliament] job is to count the votes, not to decide whether any of the opposition members are some part of a foreign conspiracy. He cannot just throw out a motion of no-confidence,” he said.

Imran Khan tells the opposition to accept elections

Pakistani PM khan has urged opposition parties to accept his call for new elections rather than “being part of a foreign conspiracy for regime change”.

Army decides to stay neutral

Pakistan’s army says it has nothing to do with the current political crisis. “We have nothing to do with what happened in the parliament,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing, said in a statement.

Opposition ready to contest snap polls

Opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari says they are ready to contest elections, adding that their legal team is working on a petition and will be going to the Supreme Court as the deputy speaker had no right to cancel the voting.

Reasonable order will be issued on the legality of the current situation

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Monday (April 4, 2022) said that a “reasonable order” would be issued on the legality of the current political situation in the country as the apex court heard the dismissal of the no-confidence vote against the Prime Minister and the subsequent dissolution of Parliament by the President on the advice of the embattled premier.

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