Pakistani parliament votes no confidence in PM Imran Khan

TEHRAN, Apr. 10 (MNA) – Pakistan's lawmakers have voted to remove Prime Minister Imran Khan from office in a vote of no confidence.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has been deposed by a no-confidence vote in parliament, days after he blocked a similar attempt, AlJazeera reported.

The passing of the motion on Saturday came after the country’s Supreme Court ruled the cricket star turned politician acted unconstitutionally in previously blocking the process and dissolving parliament.

The no-confidence motion, which required 172 votes in the 342-seat parliament to pass, was supported by 174 politicians.

Khan dissolved parliament last Sunday and set the stage for early elections after accusing the opposition of being part of a “foreign conspiracy” to remove him from power.

His opponents had garnered the 172 votes needed to oust him in the 342-seat house after several members of his own party and a key coalition partner defected. But the deputy speaker of parliament, a member of Khan’s party, threw out the no-confidence motion.

The opposition claimed Khan violated the constitution and took its case to the country’s top court.

Attorney General for Pakistan, Khalid Javed also resigned from his portfolio late Saturday night after Pakistani lawmakers' move to vote to remove Prime Minister Imran Khan from office.

"I have served as Attorney General for Pakistan since February 2020. For this honor and privilege, I remain profoundly grateful to prime Minister Imran Khan”, Khalid Javed said.

"I have tried to serve the country to the best of my ability and conscience and I now deem it appropriate to tender my resignation," Khalid Javed said in a letter sent to the President, available with The News.

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