Pak’s ‘selected’ PM Imran Khan on his way out

Pakistan’s National Assembly will vote for no confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan on 3 April 2022. It will require 172 united opposition votes to form the government. The opposition votes include more than 20 members of Imran Khan’s party, including government allies MQM, BAP, Q-League and other independent members who will vote against Imran Khan.

Sources said that Imran Khan has sent provocative messages to his party workers to prevent his party’s assembly members from reaching the National Assembly under any circumstance. To which the Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed sent a message to Imran Khan that inciting people would be a threat to the security situation in the country. The Attorney General has issued a statement that the motion for no confidence in the National Assembly will be peacefully conducted during the voting and there will be no disturbance.

Imran Khan in an interview to Ary TV channel said that the establishment gave him three offers from the opposition, which were: Face distrust motion, resign or hold elections. “Early elections are the best way and I will fight the no-confidence motion till the last minute,” Imran Khan said, referring to the options before him. He said he would never resign. Ironically, Imran Khan’s government in Punjab has also come to an end. Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar accepted the resignation of Chief Minister Usman Bazdar. The Punjab cabinet has also been dissolved after the resignation of the Punjab Chief Minister was accepted. The Governor of Punjab has convened a meeting on 2nd April to elect the new Leader of the House.

It may be recalled that a few days ago, Prime Minister Imran Khan had named the Speaker Punjab Assembly Pervez Elahi as chief minister in place of Chief Minister Usman Bazdar. In return, the Muslim League-Q announced its support to the government in the no-confidence motion. On the other hand, reliable sources say that President Pakistan Arif Alvi has sought opinion from legal experts on his resignation. It is believed that Arif Alvi will resign on 3rd April after Imran Khan’s removal in the no-confidence motion voting.

It should be noted that after the removal of Imran Khan, the joint front of opposition parties has planned to remove the President, then the Chairman of the Senate, and then the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly from their posts and bring their own people.

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