Pakistan: The Fall Of Imran Khan’s Government

Imran Khan came into power in 2018 with the slogan of fighting corruption, bringing reforms to police, judiciary, and all state institutions that had never been seen before in the history of Pakistan. In his first speech on 26th July 2018 after wing the elections Imran Khan said accountability will start from me, I will adopt simplicity, I will make Pakistan a welfare state in the style of Madina state, I will bring the weaker sections to the top, I will improve governance and I will eliminate corruption,  I will not live in PM house. No one will be subjected to political revenge. But in three and half years of his rule reviving the economy, controlling the inflation, and promising of bringing the reforms were not seen practically.

During his three-year tenure opposition tried hard to oust him due to inflation, rising prices, and his bad governance but they can not succeed because of their differences. On 3rd   March 2021, Imran Khan took a vote of confidence from the parliament which he succeed.

One year later in March 2022, the opposition decided to oust him through a vote of no-confidence. Opposition begins an attempt to oust Imran Khan when the coalition partners of his gov’t quit and join the opposition against the gov’t. Imran Khan says there is a foreign conspiracy to remove him adding he has a letter of proof. While addressing the rally in Islamabad Imran Khan showed a letter in front of the public, calling it a proof of foreign conspiracy, The full content of the letter has not been made public yet. But according to Imran Khan, the letter contains a message purportedly received by “Asad Majeed from Donald Lu, who is a US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs”

Then the opposition raised questions and asked why they did not share the letter with the security committee or Parliament on next day and show it in front of the public.  According to the security establishment in Pakistan, they have not found any evidence of external conspiracy, intimidation of interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs which Imran Khan is talking about.

Imran Khan came up with a foreign conspiracy idea quite late after he found that he could not survive in a no-confidence vote and he will out of power, then he decided to dissolve the National Assembly. While deputy speaker of his party stopped the voting and declared the opposition lawmaker a traitor because according to him they conspired with the US. President had dissolved the parliament with the advice of the PM and announced new elections in the country.

But according to the united opposition, the reason for the fall of Imran Khan’s gov’t is that he was continuously being blackmailed by his coalition partners and his front men. Most of his party MNA’s were not happy with his governance and rising inflation and they joined hands with opposition against him. opposition take the advantage of this and moved a no-confidence motion against him.

 

There is a number of other factors that really led to the fall of  Khan’s party gov’t including gov’t deliberately making a controversial army institution in Pakistan while in the extension of the Army chief and later in the appointment of DG ISI. The other factor is foreign Policy and also the governance of Punjab province and the appointment of CM Usman Buzdar in a province which considered half of Pakistan. Imran Khan was ready to do all unconstitutional steps. The governor of Punjab Ch Muhammad Sarwar was sacked when he refused to take unconstitutional steps.

 Imran Khan was fighting for his survival and building a narrative of foreign conspiracy and the whole of his narrative was based on it. He was trying to build such a narrative to become a political Martyr, while dissolving the national assembly he plunged Pakistan into a major constitutional crisis. He called it a surprise, but it was not a surprise, it was a constitutional crisis that turned Pakistan into political turmoil. Khan took all steps just to satisfy his own ego, nothing else.

When Imran Khan dissolved the National Assembly the supreme court of Pakistan took the “So Moto Notice” of the matter, after 4 days of the hearing supreme court of Pakistan found that PM Imran Khan’s move to block the no-confidence vote on the 3rd April was “contrary to the constitution and the law and had no legal effect”. The court also ruled that PM’s decision to dissolve parliament was invalid and ordered the National Assembly to reconvene and hold a no-confidence vote on 9th April 2022.

 On the 9th of April, the assembly session started under the guidance of the supreme court but Khan’s gov’t used all delaying tactics to sabotage the no-confidence vote. He wanted a vote on the no-confidence motion against him that could not take place. This thing created another political turmoil. The speaker of the national assembly was under pressure by Imran Khan over voting. The speaker was bound under the supreme court decision, on the other hand, contempt of court was looming on him if he do not do that. The whole day was under this chaos, Islamabad High court, the supreme court of Pakistan, and the election commission of Pakistan were opened at 10:30 PM Pak time for the next move if voting does not take place. It was seen first time in the history of Pakistan that the supreme court, High court, and Election Commission of Pakistan opened the late at night to deal with the crisis. on the other side, all state institutions were on high alert to deal with any kind of unrest.  At last speaker of the national assembly Assad Qasir decided to resign from the speakership, he chaired the session at 11:45 PM and gave his resignation. He gave his chairship to the panel member Ayaz Sadiq who was from the opposition. Ayaz Sadiq chaired the next session and completed the voting procedure of the no-confidence motion in which 174 members gave voted against the Imran khan.  Imran Khan has removed from his post through a vote of no-confidence and he became the first Prime Minister of Pakistan who was removed through a no-confidence vote.

 Opposition parties were being widely criticized in Khan’s speeches since the no-confidence motion was filed.  In these speeches, national issues were left behind.  Personal and political obstinacy emerged.  At the same time, his speeches became more and more criticized at the social level. It seems that Imran Khan has stepped down from the PM’s post and climbed back on the container. Imran Khan himself paved the way for the opposition to unite and bring a no-confidence motion against him.  The people of Pakistan were very optimistic about Imran khan that he has the ability to bring Pakistan out of problems but their hope is broken, at the end, he left Pakistan into a constitutional crisis.

 The new government would be formed most likely under the opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif who is a candidate for prime ministership from the joint opposition. It is unclear how long the new gov’t will work or when new elections will take place. There is uncertainty in the country because Imran Khan has already called for peaceful protest and asked his supporters to come on the streets.

11 Apr 22/Monday                                                                                Source: eurasiareview