NO CONFIDENCE MOTION -Pakistan's Parliament began a critical session on Saturday to consider a no-confidence motion against defiant Prime Minister Imran Khan, with indications that the motion could be postponed as the government pressed for a discussion on the so-called "international conspiracy" against it. Imran Khan, Pakistan's prime minister, will be put to the test. On Saturday, the Pakistani parliament will vote on an l no-confidence motion against Khan, who could become the first prime minister in the country's history to lose a no-confidence vote. The National Assembly's session for voting on Khan's no-confidence motion has commenced, per a momentous Supreme Court judgment. There has never been a Pakistani prime minister who has completed the entire tenure. Pakistan Supreme Court ruled that Prime Minister Khan's proposal to President Arif Alvi to dissolve the National Assembly (NA) was "unconstitutional." The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the lower house speaker to convene a session on Saturday (April 8) to organize the no-confidence vote
. In a speech to the country before the no-trust motion, the Pakistani Prime Minister expressed unhappiness with the Supreme Court's ruling on the controversial decision of the NA deputy speaker to reject the no-trust motion against him. Imran Khan, Pakistan's prime minister, ran on a promise to make the country's economy work for the people by eradicating corruption and creating jobs. Pakistan now has the highest inflation rate in South Asia, four years later.
ECONOMIC CRISIS - Pakistan has been dealing with high inflation for months. As per the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, the country's consumer price index climbed to 13% in January, the highest level in two years. Last week, the sensitive price index, which covers the costs of basic food products, was 15.1 percent. So-called middle-class poverty is on the rise as a result of this inflation. 1 Inflationary pressures have provided the opposition a window of opportunity to demand Khan's departure. Furthermore, the prime minister's political position has been damaged by recent tensions with Pakistan's powerful military over the nomination of new intelligence chief. Last month, the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) planned a march from Karachi to Islamabad calling for his resignation, and the Pakistan Democratic Movement—an anti-PTI coalition—joined them. In a public address earlier this year, IMRAN Khan acknowledged the escalating problems and stated that his government was working to reduce inflation. Throughout his tenure, however, the prime minister has deflected criticism for Pakistan's economic woes, claiming that he inherited a shattered economy from past governments. In an interview with Foreign Policy, Pakistani finance minister spokesperson Muzzammil Aslam echoed Khan, citing rising gas prices and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Khan introduced a $709 million subsidy scheme last year to combat inflation and assist households who are feeling the brunt of the economic downturn. The government is also attempting to mitigate inflation by raising the minimum wage, according to Aslam. "The country's economy is thriving despite inflation," In confronting Pakistan’s economic challenges, Khan has also broken other campaign promises. In 2018, he pledged not to resort to external borrowing and to end the country’s cycle of debt, criticizing previous governments for relying on a “begging bowl.” Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's government has struck a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a $6 billion loan. The IMF released a $1 billion tranche in February, and economists worry that increasing taxes will trigger further price hikes. LATEST UPPDATE –APRIL 10, 2022 Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan lost a crucial trust vote in the National Assembly past midnight on Saturday that is on april9, 2022, becoming the first premier in the country's history to be removed through a no-confidence motion. 174 lawmakers vote against Imran Khan The joint Opposition - a rainbow of socialist, liberal and radically religious parties - secured the support of 174 members in the 342-member National Assembly, more than the needed strength of 172 to oust the prime minister on a day full of drama and multiple adjournments of the lower h Pak Parliament adjourned, to meet again on Monday to elect new PM National Assembly proceedings were adjourned in the early hours of Sunday and the House will meet again on April 11 at 11 am to elect the new premier after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was removed from office through a no-confidence vote. Ayaz Sadiq of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, who was chairing the crucial session, said the nomination papers for the new prime minister may be submitted by 2 pm on Sunday and the scrutiny would be done by 3 pm. 2 ouse.
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Pakistan’s parliament is set to vote on a no-confidence motion moved by the opposition to remove Imran Khan as prime minister, days after he blocked a similar attempt. ● A defiant Khan says he is in a fight to protect the country’s sovereignty and has called his supporters to the streets to defy opponents determined to unseat him. ● Khan acted unconstitutionally last Sunday in blocking the no-confidence vote and dissolving parliament, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, ordering parliament to reconvene. OPINION – Pakistan’s minister of planning, Asad Umar, has criticized the Supreme Court, saying it had no right to interfere in the affairs of the parliament, to my opinion, this viewpoint is not upheld in a democratic form of government. Parliament reconvened after a long break after it was abruptly adjourned before a planned vote on removing PM Imran Khan. Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has met National Assembly Speaker Asad Qasier, asking him not to delay the voting. Zardari asked the speaker not to use “delaying tactics” and hold the voting at the earliest. I would say that the government is delaying the vote to “frustrate” the opposition. Shehbaz Sharif, Leader of the Opposition, is being considered a frontrunner to be Pakistan's next prime minister. He is little known outside Pakistan but has a reputation domestically as an effective administrator.