Pakistan may hold snap elections, says Home Minister Sheikh Rasheed

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Amid continued political chaos and a growing influx of protesters from opposition parties and supporters of Prime Minister Imran Khan towards Islamabad, aiming to bring the capital to a standstill until Imran Khan’s fate is decided by the vote of no confidence led by the opposition; the capital is preparing for what appears to be a final confrontation between the government and the opposition.


 




Imran Khan’s post as prime minister faces a huge challenge posed by the opposition alliance, made up of at least 20 opposition parties, which after 3 years of sitting on the opposition benches , have now moved to take on Khan and ensure he is overthrown from his seat as the country’s prime minister, through a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly.

They now feel confident of ousting Khan after many members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, as well as allied political parties, defected and sided with opposition parties, instilling confidence in the opposition parties that this time they will be able to obtain the golden number of 172 votes required to claim a majority in the vote of no confidence.

As the political temperature reaches boiling point, Pakistani Home Minister Sheikh Rasheed has hinted at a snap election, which he says could be called immediately after the presentation of the federal budget for the fiscal year. 2022-23.

At a press conference, Rasheed said he had advised Imran Khan to call an election after the budget, insisting that Khan’s popularity had risen following the opposition’s no-confidence motion against him.

“I call for an early election after presenting a good budget because this incompetent opposition allowed us to win again,” he said.

“When the nation of Pakistan sees the face of its opposition leaders, it changes channels,” he added.

Mocking opposition leader and PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif, Rasheed said: “This is the same Shahbaz Sharif who says that Nawaz Sharif has great respect for the army chief of staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the army”.

“Where did the ‘vote ko izzat do’ go? The vote was sold in the shops, they insulted democracy,” he added, recalling statements by Nawaz Sharif in which he accused the military establishment of country for ousting him from power.

Rasheed also said the no-confidence vote would likely take place on April 3 or 4, adding that the defeats could be opposition benches promising their support, but on the day of the vote they will not vote against the Prime Minister . Imran Khan.

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