Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan was relieved of his duties as the country’s head in a vote of no confidence on Sunday. He was faced with charges of causing political instability and poor economic management.
The opposition that called for the vote of no confidence ranged from radically religious parties to leftist ones in Pakistan. The head of the largest involved party, the Pakistan Muslim League, was titled the new prime minister.
The opposition only required 172 out of 342 votes to replace Imran Khan. Knowing his fate, Imran Khan accused the opposition of aiding the United States in a coup to overthrow him. On Sunday, he called his supporters for protests on the streets which could be a ploy to hold early elections.
He tried to dodge the vote of no confidence by trying to dissolve the Parliament, but the Supreme Court ruled against it and let the voting continue. The Supreme Court had to intervene as the vote was preceded by months of political unrest, plummeting economic conditions, and a constitutional crisis on the dissolution of the parliament.
Imran Khan stated the opposition was siding with the US as Pakistan’s Foreign Policy choices seemed to favor Russia and China more. He added that his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin hours before the first attack on Ukraine didn’t sit well with Washington.
He mentioned there was a letter by an unnamed senior U.S. official who tipped off Pakistani diplomats that if Imran Khan was removed from power, the US-Pakistan relationship would greatly improve. It was stated by the Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari that the letter included that the US would forgive Pakistan’s loans if the Prime Minister was removed. This insinuated the belief that the opposition had been bought.
The spokesperson of the Deputy State Department denied any truth to these accusations that the Pakistani Prime Minister had made. The overall stance of the US is that it had no involvement in Pakistan’s domestic politics.