Imran Khan is fighting for his political survival as he tries to rally supporters as he faces a no-confidence vote sparked by mass demonstrations.
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Pakistan’s “political temperature” has reached “boiling point” after the opposition parties’ move, he said The time of India. A number of defectors have also stripped Khan of his parliamentary majority amid allegations of corruption and mismanagement.
The no-confidence vote will be tabled within seven days, preparing the Prime Minister for the “toughest challenge” of his political life. Al Jazeera reported.
Hit for six
Khan was a sporting hero in Pakistan after leading the country’s cricket team to victory at the 1992 World Cup. He then attained political power “on the promise to eradicate the ingrained corruption and nepotism of the dynastic two-party politics that the country had followed since independence” in 1947. The times called.
But “he has since struggled to reverse the stagnant, debt-ridden economy.” 2018 PM will be. During his tenure, “inflation has risen to record highs, with the cost of basic commodities like food and fuel rising by as much as 16%.
“Unemployment is rising, the country’s foreign exchange reserves are depleted and the government deficit has skyrocketed,” the newspaper added, drawing increasing criticism of the “handsome, charismatic hero of the field”.
Opposition figures have indicated that Khan “has fallen out with the powerful military, which primarily determines who will rule, a charge that Khan and the military deny,” Al Jazeera reported. Khan has publicly blamed “foreign powers” for threats to his leadership.
Speaking at a rally of his ruling Pakistani party, Tehreek-e-Insaf, on Monday, he told the crowd that “foreign funds were being channeled into Pakistan” to overthrow his government, adding: “We will not compromise.” enter into national interests.”
Khan “did not provide any details of the conspiracy,” he said The Telegraphand analysts claim its troubles stem from “mismanaging the economy and failure to contain rising inflation, causing deep economic pain for many of its supporters.”
His situation has been made worse by a series of defectors who have left him without a majority in the nation’s parliament.
The opposition is now “confident that it can enlist the support of 172 members in the House of 342 to overthrow the government,” the Times of India said. Khan claims he has “assistance in the house to thwart the attempt”.
Khan at a loss?
Days before the no-confidence vote, the embattled prime minister has “plenty of time for frantic horse-trading” to garner enough support, The Telegraph said.
Sumedha Dasgupta, senior Asia analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, told the newspaper he believes Khan will survive but warned that “there are significant risks associated with the outcome, including possible military involvement”.
“The ouster of Mr Khan would likely result in some form of caretaker government and possible military involvement ahead of the national elections in 2023,” Dasgupta added.
If the vote is successful, Khan “will become the first Pakistani prime minister to be overthrown by a vote of confidence,” The Times reported. But true to his flamboyant style on the cricket pitch, “he doesn’t go down without a fight”.
He “turned his fire on old enemies” and accused opposition figures of “bribing his MPs to stave off corruption investigations into himself”. Once known for Appearance alongside “models and actresses” in “London’s best nightclubs” his “politics and religion have become increasingly conservative” to secure his base.
In recent months he has “denounced political opponents as devils,” the paper added. Khan also sparked “outrage with comments last year blaming falling standards of modesty among women for a Rise in rape cases in Pakistan“.
Khan has also criticized Western nations. At the rally earlier this week, he accused his opponents of being “slaves of America” and told his supporters that “we will not accept being slaves of anyone. The Pakistani people must decide whether to allow conspirators to thrive with foreign money.”
To save his government, he has promised to “hand over the post of prime minister of the country’s largest province, Punjab, to one of his coalition partners,” Al Jazeera said. But the effort appears to have foundered as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, leader of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party, said he had the numbers to “oust” Khan.
“Imran Khan is on a ventilator and fighting for the survival of his government,” Najam Sethi, a political commentator and former Punjab premier, told The Times.
Despite his optimistic stance on the no-confidence vote, it appears the prime minister “has lost the confidence of a majority of MPs,” Sethi added.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/world-news/middle-east/956252/imran-khan-pakistan-prime-minister-no-confidence Is Imran Khan’s innings as Pakistan’s PM almost over?