Defiant in the face of a near-certain end of the rule for his government, the Prime Minister of Pakistan was on national television yesterday to talk to the people directly. Pakistan national assembly is going to vote to decide the political fate of Imran Khan’s party in power.
“I respect the Supreme Court and the judiciary and accept the verdict but with heavy heart” Imran khan told the viewers of his televised address in Pakistan.” it should have looked at a threat letter before issuing its verdict,” Mr Khan said in his address playing up the “foreign hand” claim that he is pushing since the demand of his ouster by the majority in the parliament is getting stronger.
In his televised address to the nation of 22 crore people on the Imran Khan, like Trump in the US, called on the people to protect the country’s sovereignty by peacefully protesting against an “imported government”.
Imran Khan said the west knows that he is not pliable and therefore wants to get rid of him with the help of power-hungry corrupt politicians. he went on to drop the name of the USA as the country behind his probable ouster in not-so-subtle hints.
The late-night address to the nation ahead of the crucial no-trust vote had Imran khan accusing the opposition of blatant horse-trading of the elected members of parliament which would put a banana republic to shame. He also made his discontentment with the media known saying that they too were celebrating the government’s fall.
Playing to the gallery, Imran Khan thundered that no superpower can dictate terms to a sovereign nation, Pakistan. “We are 22 crore people. It is insulting that someone from outside is ordering this to 22 crore people,” he said. While saying this he praised India’s foreign policy and said India is buying Russian oil even during these times of the Russo-Ukraine war and no power is able to object to it.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan had overturned a move by the Imran khan Camp to block a parliamentary vote seeking to oust him by maintaining that the dismissal of the no-confidence motion was “unconstitutional”. It also restored the original status of the national assembly and ordered the Speaker to call a session to proceed with the no-confidence motion which will take place on Saturday at 10 am.
The Government with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) appears to have lost the majority to remain in power after dozens of his coalition partners shited their allegiance. The opposition claims to have more than 172 votes in the 342-seat assembly.