New Delhi: After the ouster of Imran Khan, the session of the National Assembly will convene today (April 11, 2022) to elect the new Prime Minister of Pakistan. The nomination papers of Pakistan’s joint opposition candidate Shahbaz Sharif and PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi have been cleared for the election to the top seat to be held in the afternoon.
Shehbaz Sharif, who led the opposition effort in parliament to oust Imran Khan from power, is widely expected to replace him.
Khan on Sunday became the first Pakistani prime minister to be ousted by a no-confidence motion. The cricketer-turned-politician held on for nearly a week after a united opposition first attempted to oust him, but his government collapsed early Sunday after a 13-hour session. Opposition parties managed to secure 174 votes in the 342-member house for a no-confidence motion, giving them the majority needed to enable Monday’s vote to elect a new prime minister.
Khan, however, alleged that there was a foreign conspiracy behind the change of power.
Shahbaz Sharif meets Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto before the crucial session of Parliament
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s younger brother Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday met former President Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. To discuss the current political situation in the country.
According to reports, 70-year-old Sharif is likely to form a coalition government and give some important portfolios to the PPP.
Imran Khan’s supporters protest across Pakistan against his expulsion
Members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took out rallies in several cities of Pakistan on Sunday to protest the removal of Imran Khan. Protest rallies were organized in cities like Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Malakand, Multan Khanewal, Khyber, Jhang and Quetta, with protesters raising slogans against the opposition.
Earlier on Sunday, Khan reiterated the allegation that there was a foreign conspiracy behind the regime change.
He tweeted, “Pakistan became an independent state in 1947, but today the freedom struggle has started again against a foreign conspiracy to change power. It is always the people of the country who defend their sovereignty and democracy.”
In an effort to inspire his supporters, he said, “there are always people who defend their sovereignty and democracy.”