In his first public speech after losing the no-confidence motion, Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan questioned the country’s Supreme Court on the urgency of agreeing to a midnight hearing just hours before losing the no-confidence motion in The national assembly. The SC’s decision to overturn the vice president’s decision to reject the opposition’s no-confidence motion paved the way for Khan’s ouster. The former Pakistani prime minister also reiterated his stance against the foreign plot and claimed that citizens would reject the “corrupt” Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister.
Khan questioned Justice directly and said, “I ask Justice that when you opened court in the dead of night…this nation has known me for 45 years. Have I ever broken the law? When I was playing cricket , has anyone ever accused me of match fixing? ANI reported
“In my 25 years in politics, I have never provoked the public against state institutions or the judiciary because my life and death is in Pakistan. I ask you, what crime did I commit exactly for you to open the courts at midnight? asked Imran Khan.
Imran Khan reiterates foreign plot behind his ousting
The former Pakistani Prime Minister maintained his position on a foreign plot hatched in Washington to oust him from the post of Prime Minister. Daring the opposition that he will be more dangerous now, Khan said: “I was not dangerous when I was in government, but I will be more so now.”
He added that the conspirators were very happy he was fired but claimed he had the support of the people and they would not accept an “imported government”.
Pakistan will reject ‘corrupt’ Shehbaz Sharif: Imran Khan
Khan claimed that the people of Pakistan will not accept Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif as he has corruption cases against him worth 40,000 crore. He further recounted how Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was expelled with the help of foreign powers in the 1970s; however, he said, “this is Naya Pakistan…”
In a dramatic turn of events as Prime Minister Khan’s ouster approached, Khan in several of his speeches alleged that opposition parties had allied themselves with foreign powers to oust him and he had named the United States as the country that hatched the plot. . The United States rejected the claims. Imran Khan called on the people of Pakistan to take to the streets against defiance against him, but the opposition remained defiant and moved the motion.
Despite multiple moves by Imran Khan to block passage of defiance, the SC decision allowed passage of the motion to go forward and as the numbers stacked against the former prime minister, 174 members voted voted for the motion leading to the ousting of Imran Khan as Prime Minister. Notably, no Pakistani prime minister has ever completed his five-year term.