Imran Khan, Pakistan’s cricketer-turned-politician who led his team to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup, was run out of office in the middle of his first innings by a determined Opposition.
After the deputy speaker blocked a motion of no confidence against Khan, he dissolved Parliament and called for new elections on April 3. Khan had effectively lost the majority in the 342-member National Assembly.
While the deputy speaker’s ruling was overturned by a five-member Supreme Court bench in a landmark 5-1 decision on April 7, the speaker was ordered to convene a no-confidence vote on April 9.
Defections in Khan’s party and rifts in the ruling coalition have made it impossible for him to pass his toughest political test since taking office in 2018.
He is Pakistan’s first premier to be removed from office by a popular vote of confidence.
Pasthun, an Oxford-educated politician who came to power in 2018 promising to create a ‘Naya Pakistan,’ failed miserably to address the fundamental problem of keeping the prices of commodities in check.
After he refused to endorse the appointment of the ISI spy agency chief last year, Khan appears to have lost the support of the powerful Army.
In the end he agreed, but the agreement soured his relationship with the military, which has ruled the country for more than half of its 75-year existence and wielded considerable power in the areas of security and foreign policy prior to this.
Toppling Khan’s government was made possible in part because he treated the Opposition leaders with contempt and made disparaging remarks about them during his time in power, which gave the opposition the impetus to band together and topple his government for the second time in as many years.
When Khan sought a vote of confidence in March 2021 following a humiliating loss in a closely contested Senate election, he easily won.
It has been nearly 20 years since Khan launched Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which means “the movement for justice,” but the two main political parties that have been in power when the military was not ruling the country have remained in control.
After years of failing to unseat the Sharif and Bhutto families as the dominant forces in Pakistani politics, he even declared, “In Pakistan politics is hereditary.”
In 2002, Khan was elected to the House of Representatives.
This time around, he was reelected to the House of Representatives in 2013.
Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Asif Ali Khan claimed in May 2014 that the polls had been rigged in favor of Nawaz Sharif’s party, the PML-N.
A rally Khan led from Lahore to Islamabad in August 2014 demanded the resignation of Sharif and an investigation into allegations of electoral fraud.
During the 2018 general elections, Khan led his party to victory, promising to fight corruption, implement anti-poverty programs, improve healthcare, and create an Islamic welfare state.
During his time in office, Khan frequently spoke of creating an Islamic welfare state in Pakistan.
It is true that he was not able to solve economic issues and the fundamental problem of keeping commodity prices in check.
Khan had tense relations with the West, particularly the United States, on the foreign policy front.
It was Khan’s goal to forge closer ties with Russia, while also bolstering China’s all-weather ally status.
A Pakistan-based terror group killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel in a suicide attack in February, prompting India to bomb the terror camps in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during Khan’s term in office.
The next day, Pakistan captured Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was later released by the Pakistani government.
Indian-Pakistani relations took a turn for the worse when India announced in August 2019 that Jammu and Kashmir would be split into two separate union territories.
On numerous occasions during his time in office, Khan made it clear that the Kashmir dispute remained a major issue between Pakistan and India.
Jammu and Kashmir “was, is, and shall forever” remain an integral part of India, as India has repeatedly told Pakistan.
Sikh pilgrims from India can now visit one of their religion’s holiest sites in Pakistan without a visa thanks to the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in 2019.
Pakistan’s most eligible bachelor, Khan, has been married three times despite his rugged Pathani good looks.
His two previous marriages ended in divorce.
In 1995, he married Jemima Goldsmith, the daughter of a British billionaire, and they had a nine-year marriage that ended in divorce.
She is the mother of Khan’s two sons.
His second marriage to Reham Khan, a television anchor, ended in divorce after just 10 months in 2015.
Khan tied the knot for the third time in the year 2018.
Bushra Maneka is back as his “spiritual guide.”
Ikramullah Khan Niazi and Shaukat Khanum welcomed Khan into the world in 1952 in Mianwali.