Imran Khan convenes his party’s central committee meeting to announce the way forward


Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will chair a meeting of his party’s central committee on Sunday to announce his party’s next move following his unceremonious removal.

Mr Khan, 69, was removed from office in a vote of no confidence held early on Sunday morning, becoming the first prime minister in the country’s history to be sent home after losing the confidence of the lower house of parliament .

Taking to Twitter, Senator Faisal Javed Khan said, “Pakistani President Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan will chair the party’s central committee meeting today insha’Allah.” “Imran Khan will announce the future course of action.” Pakistan’s common opposition – a rainbow of socialist, liberal and radically religious parties – won the support of 174 members of the 342-member National Assembly, more than the necessary force of 172 to oust the prime minister in the of a day full of drama and multiple adjournments from home.

Mr Khan is the first Pakistani Prime Minister whose fate has been decided by a vote of confidence. Previously, two separate no-confidence motions failed against former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto in 1989 and Shaukat Aziz in 2006, respectively.

The main leaders of Imran Khan’s party have sworn to fight with him.

Former finance and health minister Taimur Khan Jhagra said losing the battle was insignificant.

“Winning the war we want for Pakistan is what matters. This fight will last as long as it takes. Insha’Allah,” he said.

Former Energy Minister Hammad Azhar has said that at the call of ‘brave’ leader Mr Khan, a peaceful protest will be held across Pakistan after the Isha prayer (one of the five Islamic prayers mandatory).

Mr Khan claimed the opposition’s no-confidence motion against him was the result of a “foreign plot” because of his independent foreign policy and that funds were being funneled in from abroad to oust him from power.

In an address to the nation on Friday, he reiterated his allegations that a senior US diplomat had threatened regime change in Pakistan.

Mr Khan alleged that Donald Lu, deputy secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, was involved in the “foreign plot” to overthrow his government.

Mr Khan lost a majority last month after some of the coalition partners decided to part ways while several dissidents openly challenged his authority.

A special session was called in light of the Supreme Court’s April 7 verdict that declared unconstitutional a decision by the vice president to overturn the no-confidence ruling against Mr Khan. The Supreme Court also revoked the dissolution of the House.


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