Prior to being ousted through a no-confidence vote in the parliament, Imran Khan said he would fight “till the last ball”, meaning, he has played every possible trick, irrespective of ethical or unethical – democratic or undemocratic, thus paving the path to his humiliating exit. In my opinion, Imran Khan’s departure from the premiership is not going to be an end to political turmoil in the country. There will be a series of dramas and counter-dramas – bids and counter-bids, both by Khan and his political opponents, which would ultimately make the situation further complicated and may finally compel the country’s mighty military establishment to once again bring the country under direct or pseudo military rule. Political analysts in Pakistan already are seeing Imran Khan’s “unscrupulous and desperate attempts to cling to power by inciting his followers to protest and rebellion were equivalent to a civilian coup”.
Following his ouster, Imran Khan refused to accept the new reality in the country as he opposed Shahbaz Sharif’s candidature for premiership, citing court cases against him, and also threatened to resign en masse from the National Assembly if his demand was not met. Imran Khan’s attitude before and after his ouster evidently proved – an Islamist politician like him was not ready to accept the decency of democracy and he was behaving like his Taliban brethren, who regularly deny accepting a legitimate procedure. Khan’s manners, his refusal to accept the ouster, and the allegation of collusion between his political opponents and the United States with the theory of Washington’s “conspiracy” of ousting him from power were clear signs of his dangerous tendency of somehow grabbing power even at the cost of the nation.
Terming the protests by his followers as the rejection of the new government by the people, he claimed that the people of Pakistan have vowed to fight against the “foreign conspiracy” and the “imported government led by crooks”.
Imran Khan’s statement regarding Pakistan’s “sovereignty and democracy” is quite contradictory to the actions he took to retain his power. The Playboy cricketer-turned-politician, who his opponents have claimed, was chosen by Pakistan’s mighty army and made several desperate attempts to retain his power. He reportedly even planned to sack Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. However, Khan’s conspiracy failed since the information about his plot was intercepted by intelligence agencies.
Further, there had been repeated attempts by the Khan-led government to obstruct the no-trust motion, and however, when it could not stop the motion from being tabled in the Assembly, it colluded with the President of Pakistan and the Speaker to dissolve the House. This attempt was also foiled by the Supreme Court as it set aside the rejection of the no-trust motion.
When voting on the motion became inevitable, Imran Khan mulled the idea of imposing martial law in the country, which would have led to the suspension of important institutions, including courts, according to the media outlet, which further notes his failure in this attempt as well.
While Khan was making efforts in multiple ways to remain in power, his mysterious wife, Bushra Bibi reportedly was busy burning tons of meat offering feasts to her jinn to exert their power in salvaging her husband from the crisis.
As all his attempts proved ineffective, Imran Khan held his opponents responsible for the political turmoil in the country as he alleged their connivance with the US to topple the government. His praise for India as a “self-respecting nation” further suggests that he does not practice what he preaches; else, he would have followed the example of Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who peacefully relinquished his power twice when he fell short of a required strength in the country’s Parliament. Vajpayee later returned to power with the majority, however, Khan could not show the same statesmanship.
Instead, he refused to accept the defeat and threatened to gather his supporters out on the streets. “I will not accept this imported government; I will take to the street. Only people can bring me to power and I will come back with the help of the people”, the media outlet quoted him as saying before voting on the no-confidence motion.
It is anticipated that Imran Khan may now resort to using his allies within radical Islamic and militancy groups including the Taliban and those jihadist groups within Pakistan occupied Kashmir and beyond with the ulterior agenda of complicating things for his political opponents and even country’s army and intelligence agencies. Once he resorts to such wrong practices, the country army, which has previously kept Pakistan under military rule for over three decades may once again send democracy into cold storage and proclaim martial law.
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