Imran Khan, a former international cricketer who later entered politics, was Pakistan’s first prime minister to be removed by a vote of no confidence.
He ran for office in July 2018 on a platform of tackling corruption and improving the economy. However, those promises were not kept, and the financial crisis engulfed the second-largest Muslim nation in the world.
He had lost his parliamentary majority by the end of March 2022 as a result of a number of defections, and the opposition pounced by submitting a resolution of no confidence.
The Supreme Court found that Mr. Khan’s attempt to avoid the action by calling for the dissolution of parliament and a snap election was unconstitutional. Imran Khan was defeated in the vote of no confidence on April 10 after his opponents received 174 votes out of the 342-member assembly.
According to reports, he had also lost the support of Pakistan’s formidable military, a key actor in the country’s nuclear-armed background.
In Pakistan, a country with a history of military coups and dictatorships, Imran Khan wanted to serve out his entire five-year tenure, something no other prime minister had ever done.
He asserted that because of his positions in Afghanistan, Russia, and China, his political rivals were working together with the US to overthrow the current government. However, he offered no proof of this, and Washington vehemently rejected any foreign meddling.
Tens of thousands of people marched in the streets of Pakistani cities the night the former prime minister was removed from office, demonstrating the former PM’s continued popularity with the populace.
Following the revelation in August that Mr. Khan would be charged under Pakistan’s anti-terror legislation, his fans have vowed to do just that once more. They center on claims he made that the judiciary and police had imprisoned and mistreated one of his closest advisors.
After years of playing second fiddle to more established parties, the populist Mr. Khan came to power in 2018 and created a picture of a “new Pakistan.”
The former cricket captain, who now presents himself as a devout anti-poverty reformer, spoke of his desire to create an “Islamic welfare state” in which wealth was distributed. He made a number of bold promises, including overhauling the government’s bureaucracy and tax structure.
Instead, the country’s debt crippled it, the rupee crashed, and inflation shot through the roof, fueling outrage and charges that Mr. Khan had mismanaged the economy.
He said he wouldn’t need the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance, but he ultimately agreed to a $6 billion emergency bailout to deal with a balance of payments issue.
Mr. Khan, 69, who has long been one of Pakistan’s most recognizable figures abroad, has struggled to translate public support into political triumphs for many years.
His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was first introduced in 1996, but it wasn’t until the 2013 general election that it became a nationally significant force.
Five years later, he was pushed to power by an amazing swing.
The PTI experienced significant growth in Punjab province, which accounts for more than half of the 272 seats in the National Assembly that are held by his adversaries, Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif.
Mr. Khan was viewed as a “change” candidate whose pledge to create a brand-new generation of honorable politicians struck a chord with those fed up with the status quo.
However, he was also widely perceived as the military’s preferred candidate, which-despite denials from both sides-was accused of interfering to sway public opinion against his opponents.
His main issue, according to many analysts, is that he no longer has the backing of the generals who have ruled Pakistan since its independence in 1947.
In the past, civil leaders who attempted to address some of Pakistan’s fundamental issues have come into conflict with the ruling class.
Additionally, the PTI leader was lacking in political allies. He is accused of marginalizing opponents, many of whom were imprisoned on corruption charges during his term, far from eradicating “dynastic politics.” They banded together to get rid of him.
Playboy turned religious reformer Imran Khan
Imran Khan, the son of a civil engineer, was born in 1952. Prior to attending Oxford University, he attended school in Lahore where he and his four sisters enjoyed an affluent life.
During these years, his cricketing prowess began to shine, launching him on the path to a glorious international career that lasted two decades and culminated in a World Cup victory in 1992.
He married Jemima Goldsmith, a British heiress who was 21 years old and the daughter of Sir James Goldsmith, one of the richest men in the world at the time, in 1995 when he was 43 years old. The union gave birth to two boys before ending in 2004.
Although he denies ever drinking alcohol, he gained a reputation as a playboy in London nightclubs during his adolescence.
After helping Pakistan win in 1992, he resigned from cricket and began raising money to build a cancer hospital in honor of his mother.
2015 saw the end of a second marriage to writer Reham Khan after less than a year. The former BBC weather presenter claims that his supporters intimidated her, and she wrote a frank memoir about it.
In 2018, Mr. Khan wed once more in a low-key ceremony. Described as his spiritual adviser, his third wife Bushra Watto is a mother of five. According to observers, their union complements his outward displays of piety for Islam.
The Taliban’s Khan
Imran Khan publicly supports liberalism as a politician while simultaneously promoting Islamic values and anti-Western sentiment.
Under his leadership, Islamist militancy in Pakistan has significantly increased, and religious fanatics have consolidated their power.
He has drawn criticism for sympathizing with the Taliban, and his detractors have dubbed him “Taliban Khan.” 2020 saw a backlash after he referred to Osama Bin Laden as a martyr.
Under his leadership, Pakistan, a longtime ally of the West but a reluctant participant in the “war on terror,” has kept advancing its relations with China. In the UN vote on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the beginning of 2022, it abstained.
During his presidency, the tense relations with Pakistan’s longtime foe, India, did not get any better.
Mr. Khan is able to list certain achievements
The COVID record of Pakistan was the best in South Asia, and a program to combat poverty made headway.
Perhaps his most notable accomplishment is bringing universal healthcare to two provinces, which could support him in elections that are scheduled for late 2023 but could be called earlier.