Long knife ki raat: Next 2 days crucial for Imran Khan government’s trust vote Pro-IQRA

“I will not resign. I will play till the last ball like I played while playing cricket. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s address to Pakistan ahead of the no-confidence motion on Sunday was filled with a sense of overwhelming distrust and deep distrust of his fellow politicians, the United States and the perennial Pakistani bugbear, India.

As far as politics is concerned, the current Pakistani Prime Minister is now a dead duck. His coalition government is on the verge of collapse. In the Pakistan National Assembly, there are 172 members at the halfway point and the united opposition claims a clear majority of 177 members in their favor and 22 rebels are ready to cross in addition to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Imran The vote of no-confidence against Khan is due on Sunday and the next 48 hours are crucial if Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid is to be believed.

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Imran Khan, who as a cricket captain commanded the absolute authority of an individual performing team like Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram, has been unable to contain the arrogance of his colleagues and opponents. Troubles began for Imran Khan when cunning old Asif Ali Zardari stepped out of the shadows to command the operation to topple the government. Zardari specializes in the art of managing enemies and friends and Sharif was included with him. Zardari’s PPP struck a deal with an offer of support to Shahbaz Sharif to become prime minister, with two other key allies of the PTI, the MQM and the Balochistan Awami Party, also bowing in support of the no-confidence motion.

Imran Khan was left with the last option of playing the emotional card and he did exactly that in his speech on Thursday night. Imran alleges that his government is being toppled by the Americans, who conspired to ensure that his prime minister does not last his term. Imran’s old ally, the army led by its chief General Bajwa, had long abandoned Imran, leaving him to watch silently.

The crisis has prompted calls for Imran Khan’s powers to move closer to the Sino-Russian axis of power, after Americans under President Joe Biden cut off vital ally and kept Pakistan lower in its food chain.

With China’s undue influence in the world, Imran started moving closer to Beijing. Then Imran’s visit to Russia happened on the day Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine. The world watched in shock as Imran said “it’s great at such an exciting time” upon arrival in a cold Moscow, even as Russian cruise missiles were targeting Kharkiv and Lviv. The visit confirmed that Pakistan was trying to cut its umbilical cord with the United States in favor of the Sino-Russian coat of arms. The visit prompted the opposition in Pakistan to intensify their efforts to bring down Imran and return to normal service, where the ally dollar made Sharif and Zardari wealthy.

In his speech on Thursday, Imran made his allegations public by claiming that a US official had signaled to his Pakistani counterpart that Pakistan would be better off without Imran. However, there are many in Pakistan who still do not believe Imran’s allegations. The opposition actually stayed away from the meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday where the contents of the purported note were made public.

In his speech, which Imran surprisingly delivered live, he dropped much criticism of India, something that has been the calling card of most prime ministers of Pakistan. For India, Pakistan without Imran is an equally tough challenge, cunning Sharifs can never be trusted, as the Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan took place under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif. While the military is still the big brother in Pakistan, India will be concerned that when General Bajwa retires in November, the torch will go to Peshawar Corps commander and former ISI chief General Faiz Hameed, who played a key role in bringing down the Taliban. Had played. to power in Afghanistan. It is a game of wait and see for India.

30 years ago on 25 March 1992, Imran Khan took the ball in his hand and England needed 23 runs in the last over to win the Cricket World Cup. Imran hit, giving Pakistan victory and their first World Cup win. Today, the ball is in Imran’s hands once again and he needs to pick up an entire bag full of opposition wickets if he has any hope of surviving the trust vote. This time, however, politics can begin before Imran can be ousted and another legitimately elected government in Pakistan toppled. On Sunday, we may have a new government ready to take over, but remember these are 48 hour long knife nights, and in Pakistan these knives have been sharpened.

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