Pakistan Breaking News; PM Imran khan stands no more Prime Minister. Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has been ousted from power after losing a no-confidence vote on his leadership. The vote was held past midnight after opposition parties brought a motion against him, which was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Mr Khan had said he would not recognise an opposition government, claiming – without evidence – that there was a United States-led conspiracy to remove him.
The Assembly will now appoint a new prime minister
That person will be able to hold power until October 2023 when the next election is due to be held.
Mr Khan becomes the first Pakistani prime minister to be ousted by a no-confidence vote.
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Mr Khan, 69, had acted unconstitutionally when he blocked the no-confidence vote and dissolved parliament.
This made several opposition members furious, with some accusing the prime minister of treason.
Minutes before the vote started, the speaker of Pakistan’s lower house of parliament – an ally of Mr Khan – announced his resignation. Members of Mr Khan’s party left the building, insisting he was a victim of an international conspiracy.
Opposition parties were able to secure 174 votes in the 342-member House in support of the no-confidence motion, the house speaker said, making it a majority vote.
The former captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team was elected prime minister in 2018, and promised to fight corruption and fix the economy.
But those pledges have gone unmet with the country gripped by a financial crisis.
In late March a series of defections deprived him of his majority and left him fighting for his political career.
Public reaction with khan dismissal from the government
On the other hand thousand of people came out as a strong supporters for Ex Pm Imran khan. Suddenly they don’t want to let go their loving khan but politics keeps no ranges for such feelings.
The BBC’s Secunder Kermani says Mr Khan is widely regarded as having come to power with the help of Pakistan’s army, but now observers say they have fallen out.
Pakistan’s parliament met on Saturday to proceed with the vote following a 13-hour impasse in which Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insa party used filibustering in an attempt to slow the process.
Several of the Prime Minister’s closest allies and a key coalition party deserted him as opposition parties swooped in and agreed to oust the embattled leader.
The combined opposition that spans the political spectrum from the left to the radically religious will form the new government, with the head of one of the largest parties, the Pakistani Muslim League, taking over as prime minister.
As both Khan’s supporters and his opponents took the streets, dozens of people were pictured being arrested in the capital late on Saturday as outcry against the leader’s removal continues.
Khan’s removal from office continues Pakistan’s ugly record with Prime Ministers, with not a single leader completing their full five-year tenure since 1947.
In an impassioned speech on Friday, the disgraced politician doubled down on his absurd claims that his opponents colluded with the United States to unseat him after visiting Putin’s Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
Khan urged his supporters to take to the streets, particularly young people who have been the backbone of his support since the former cricket star turned conservative Islamist politician came to power in 2018.
Thousands appeared to heed his call with his allies turning out to the streets of Islamabad in droves as protests against the no-confidence vote threatened to turn ugly on Saturday.
Mr Khan has repeatedly said that Pakistan’s opposition parties are working with foreign powers. He also claims that he is the target of a US-led conspiracy to remove him because of his refusal to stand with Washington on issues against Russia and China.
The US has said there “no truth” in these allegations, and Mr Khan has never provided any evidence.
He visited Moscow to meet President Vladimir Putin as Russia was launching the invasion of Ukraine and has previously criticized what the Bush administration called the war on terror.