Pakistan’s Khan says he won’t accept ‘imported government’ — Analysis

The prime minister alleged that a “foreign country” is seeking to oust him from power ahead of a postponed no-confidence vote

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister has accused the opposition of trying to install an institution “imported government,” saying he would not tolerate foreign meddling after the country’s highest court ruled that the PM must face a no-confidence vote.

Khan, speaking late Friday night in an address, again took aim at his political adversaries, suggesting that the election is part of a plot to remove Khan from office, backed externally. 

“I will not accept an imported government, and I am determined to vehemently agitate against it,”He added, “He is…” “ready for a struggle,”While urging his supporters to organize protests for him over the weekend. 

The remarks followed similar charges from the PM in recent weeks, having previously named the United States as the foreign meddler, claiming to have evidence that a senior US official told Islamabad’s envoy that relations with Pakistan would improve in Khan’s absence.

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Pakistan’s parliament will hold the no-confidence vote on Saturday, which could end Khan’s term early. Though it was set to occur in March, it was postponed by the government, but the country’s Supreme Court has since ruled that the PM must face the vote after all.

Khan regretted the decision, but said he wouldn’t challenge it.

“I am disappointed by the Supreme Court verdict… It has saddened me, but we accept it,”He said that he hoped more gravitas would be applied to the meddling allegations by the court.

“It was a very serious allegation that a foreign country wants to topple the government through a conspiracy,”Khan did not stop.

Should he lose the no-confidence vote, opposition parties will put forward their own candidate for PM, with Shehbaz Sharif – the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, who served as prime minister three times prior – recently nominated for the role.

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