Prime Minister Imran Khan cancels his address to the nation


Posted on 30 March 2022


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On Wednesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's future appeared to be in jeopardy when his party's ally and primary coalition partner, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM), made an agreement with the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). As weeks of political instability — including suspicions of foreign influence — come to a crescendo, the cricketer-turned-prime minister has canceled his address to the nation, which was set to take place this evening. He is expected to resign as Pakistan's Prime Minister. There is also talk that Imran Khan will quit as Pakistan's prime minister outside parliament in this scenario. Imran Khan issued a harsh directive to his party lawmakers on Tuesday, instructing them to either abstain or not attend the National Assembly session on the day of the no-confidence vote against him, which is expected to take place in the first week of April. The orders come a day after Pakistan's opposition filed a no-trust motion against Khan in the National Assembly on Monday. Khan is facing his greatest political test since taking office in 2018, with defections in his party and splits in the ruling coalition putting his position in jeopardy.


Key Points

  • On Wednesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's future appeared to be in jeopardy when his party's ally and primary coalition partner, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM), made an agreement with the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

  • Khan is facing his greatest political test since taking office in 2018, with defections in his party and splits in the ruling coalition putting his position in jeopardy.

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