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Pakistan Facing Political Instability: Imran Khan



Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, has been facing a series of challenges since his removal from power. These challenges include an assassination attempt, legal battles, and political turmoil in the country. In this article, I will explaine shortly the recent events involving Imran Khan and their implications for Pakistan.

  • Assassination attempt:

Imran Khan was shot in his right shin during a rally in Wazirabad on November 3, 2022 (Al Jazeera, 2022). The details surrounding the assassination attempt remain unclear, but it marks a significant escalation in the political crisis enveloping Pakistan.

  • Removal from power:

Khan was ousted as Pakistan's Prime Minister after a no-confidence vote in April 2022 (NPR, 2022). He had been facing claims of economic mismanagement, which contributed to his declining popularity (CNN, 2022). Following his removal from power, Khan called for an early election (CNN, 2022).

  • Legal battles:

Since his removal, Imran Khan has been slapped with dozens of charges, including some that warrant arrest (Al Jazeera, 2023). On March 18, 2023, a court in Islamabad canceled Khan's arrest warrant after intense clashes between police and his supporters outside the judicial complex (The Guardian, 2023). He made a much-awaited court appearance on March 18, 2023, in Islamabad (CNN, 2023).


Police in the Pakistani capital have filed charges against Khan, 17 of his aides, and scores of supporters, accusing them of terrorism and several other offenses after his followers clashed with security forces in Islamabad on March 19, 2023 (Britannica, n.d.).

  • Accusations of U.S. meddling:

Imran Khan accused the United States of meddling in Pakistan's politics on March 31, 2022, which Washington quickly denied (Onmanorama, 2022). The accusations emerged as a debate on a no-confidence motion against Khan in parliament was postponed (Onmanorama, 2022).

  • Relationship with the military:

Imran Khan was widely seen as being propped up by the military during his tenure as Prime Minister, but something changed down the line (India Today, 2022). It has been almost impossible for Pakistani politicians to become prime ministers without the military's support (India Today, 2022).


Khan's current strategy appears to be buying time, either in the hope of striking a last-minute deal with the Pakistan Army and ISI to regain their support or simply to postpone the inevitable (Indian Express, 2022).


In conclusion, Imran Khan's situation in Pakistan is marked by a series of challenges, including an assassination attempt, legal battles, and political turmoil. His relationship with the military and the accusations of U.S. meddling further complicate the situation, leaving the former Prime Minister's future uncertain.


References

  1. Al Jazeera. (2022, November 3). Pakistan's ex-PM Imran Khan was shot: What, where and why. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/3/pakistan-ex-pm-imran-khan-was-shot-what-where-and-why

  2. Singh, D. (2022, November 11). Imran Khan: What exactly is happening in Pakistan? India Today. https://www.indiatoday.in/news-analysis/story/imran-khan-what-exactly-is-happening-in-pakistan-2295899-2022-11-11

  3. The Guardian. (2023, March 18). Pakistani police enter Imran Khan's home after court cancels warrant. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/mar/18/pakistani-police-enter-imran-khan-home-court

  4. CNN. (2022, April 5). Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan calls for early election after no-confidence vote dismissed. https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/05/asia/pakistan-constitution-imran-khan-explainer-intl-hnk/index.html

  5. NPR. (2022, April 9). Pakistan's Imran Khan Ousted As Prime Minister In No-Confidence Vote. https://www.npr.org/2022/04/09/1091903165/pakistan-imran-khan-parliament

  6. Al Jazeera. (2023, March 17). Why Pakistan police want to arrest Imran Khan. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/3/17/why-pakistan-police-wants-to-arrest-imran-khan

  7. CNN. (2023, March 18). Former Pakistani PM Imran Khan marks court appearance. https://www.cnn.com/2023/03/18/asia/imran-khan-high-court-intl-hnk/index.html

  8. Britannica. (n.d.). Imran Khan. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Imran-Khan

  9. Onmanorama. (2022, April 7). Explained: What is happening in Pakistan and how it affects India. https://www.onmanorama.com/news/world/2022/04/07/pakistan-economic-political-crisis-imran-khan-explained.html

  10. The Indian Express. (2022, April 4). Explained: What is happening in Pakistan and Imran Khan's future. https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-what-is-happening-in-pakistan-imran-khan-no-confidence-motion-7840310/

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