Pakistan’s Supreme Court finally gave a verdict on Thursday evening 7 April that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s move to dissolve parliament and call for early elections was unconstitutional.
The popular cricketer turned politician, has accused the US of orchestrating regime change, conspiring with the opposition and some members of his coalition government through a vote of no-confidence, for pursuing a foreign policy free of US hegemony.
United States denied seeking any regime change in Pakistan saying that it supports Pakistan’s constitutional process, and is closely following developments in Pakistan.
Russia slammed the United States for alleged interference in Pakistan’s affairs for its “own selfish purposes” while China has also stated its support for an independent Pakistan.
Imran seems to have lost his parliamentary majority due to defections of his major coalition partners as well as some members of his own PTI party and was on the verge of being forced from office by a no-confidence motion tabled by the opposition last week.
But the deputy speaker of parliament threw out the motion on 3 April 2022, ruling it was unconstitutional and part of a foreign conspiracy. Imran then promptly asked President Arif Alvi to dissolve the assemblies and call for elections within 90 days.
The court said a decision by the assembly speaker to not allow a no-confidence vote on Sunday “is declared to be contrary to the constitution and of no legal effect, and is set aside”.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said the decision by the country’s top court was ”unfortunate” and has “exacerbated the political crisis” in Pakistan.
“Immediate elections could have brought stability to the country. Unfortunately, the importance of the people has been overlooked. Let’s see how things go,” he tweeted.
He concluded that irrespective of the court’s decision, the country would head towards new elections, as it would be the only solution to all the problems the country was facing.
The Supreme Court has ordered the country’s parliament be reconvened on Saturday 9 April in order to proceed with the no-confidence vote.