After attempting to dissolve Parliament in Pakistan, Imran Khan was ousted. Now Shehbaz Sharif, brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is set to take over Khan’s former position.
Imran Khan was pushing to dissolve Parliament in Pakistan to prevent himself from being removed, however the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that this would be unconstitutional and allowed the proceedings to continue. After the vote Khan was out of a job.
This is the first time that a Prime Minister has been removed from office in Pakistan through a vote of no-confidence, though previous attempts have been made.
Khan, for his part, lashed out in perhaps an expected way. He claimed that the vote was “a foreign conspiracy of regime change.”
Pakistan became an independent state in 1947; but the freedom struggle begins again today against a foreign conspiracy of regime change. It is always the people of the country who defend their sovereignty & democracy.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 10, 2022
Thousands of supporters of Khan have taken to the streets to protest his ousting. They chanted slogans and blocked roads in multiple cities across Pakistan.
Members of Imran Khan’s party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), stepped down from their posts after, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, their pick for the new PM was not chosen as Khan’s replacement.
This resistance is unlikely to fade soon. Some even believe that Khan is already plotting his return to power.