Pakistan, Imran Khan, PTI, and his Removal from Power
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted from office in a no-confidence vote in parliament in the early hours of Sunday 10th of April 2022 after three years and seven months in power.
How and Why did this occur? What lessons does this give to observers of events in this area?
Pakistan is a nation of more than 220 million people lies between Afghanistan to the west, China to the northeast and India to the east, making it of vital strategic importance.
Since coming to power in 2018, Imran Khan and his government were governing from a very narrow majority.
How Did this Come About?
1. Fundamentally it was the Pakistani military that created Imran Khan, PTI, and helped bring Imran Khan to power. This was best described by a reporter from the Asia Times, Syed Saleem Shahzad (who was later killed) here:
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“You contest elections to win. You don’t contest elections to be a good boy. I want to win. I am fighting elections in Pakistan, not Europe. I can’t import European politicians,”