Pakistan political crisis live news: Khan faces vote of no confidence | News about Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan looks certain to be kicked out of office following a vote of no confidence in parliament ordered by the Supreme Court.

  • Pakistan’s parliament is set to vote on a no-confidence motion by the opposition to remove Imran Khan as prime minister, days after he blocked a similar attempt.
  • ONE Khan defied said he is in a fight to defend the country’s sovereignty and has called on his supporters to take to the streets to challenge opponents determined to go after him.
  • Khan acted unconstitutionally last Sunday in preventing a vote of no confidence and dissolving parliament, Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, ordered parliament to reconvene.
  • The opposition says it has 172 votes in the 342-seat National Assembly needed to oust Khan, after several ruling party members and a small but important coalition partner defected.

Here are the latest updates:

PTI may try to delay the vote: Objection

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah said his party was concerned the government would try to delay the vote through a discussion of the alleged foreign plot against Imran Khan.

Sanaullah told reporters: “Although they (the government) will try to delay, the Supreme Court decision forced an important vote today.

The National Assembly is under tight security

Special security arrangements have been made for the important session of Congress because security officers refuse the entry of people without a security pass.

Many journalists and guests of lawmakers who were not issued passes for Saturday’s session were denied entry to the building, Geo TV reported.

Pakistani political crisis
People watch Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Friday night speech on a TV screen, at a cafe in Islamabad [Akhtar Soomro/Reuters]

Opposition meets before important session

Lawmakers and leaders of various political parties began arriving at the parliament building for the crucial session scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. local time (05:30 GMT).

Before the session, opposition parties that have moved of no confidence against Imran Khan will meet to discuss their strategy in the house.

Khan calls for street protests to support him

In an impatient televised address to the nation ahead of a vote of no confidence in parliament, Khan appealed to the people of Pakistan – especially the country’s young people, who have become a mainstay for His support since the former cricketer turned politician came to power in 2018 – to rally across the country on Sunday night.

“You all will have to come out on Sunday after evening prayer to protest, protest peacefully… I say again never use violence,” he said.

“It should be a peaceful protest.”

(Al Jazeera)

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