Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will face a no confidence vote that may oust his regime from power after nearly four years in power.
The opposition parties, including many who faced arrest and detention after Khan allegedly abused the legal system to intimidate political rivals, have apparently secured a bloc large enough to end his rule.
Despite having spent decades of his life in the West as a professional cricket-player hoarding millions of pounds, he has become fiercely anti-Western both in his rhetoric, and his support for the Taliban. The latter has made him unpopular with many, even in Pakistan, where it is seen as destabilizing force responsible for years of terrorism and bloodshed.
He supported the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, and maintains much of the responsibility for the breakdown in relations between Pakistan and the US that led to the latter’s end of military support for the country.
While many in Pakistan are wary of Pakistani alignment with the US after its disastrous war on terror, there are many others who have seen Khan act against the interests of his state, and the majority religion of Pakistan which is Islam, in his perceived servility to China.
To maintain Chinese support of his government and secure Belt and Road funding, Khan has largely turned a blind eye to Chinese atrocities in Xinjiang. When asked about his silence on Xinjiang, he said that his foreign minister had visited and not seen any concentration camps, and changed the subject to the Kashmir rather than answering the question directly.
Regardless of the outcome, which may see him deposed, there will be another general election held before October 12th of next year in which he may run again.