mandag 4. april 2022

Imran Khan appears to want to keep power in Pakistan at any cost

Imran Khan’s dramatic move to dissolve Pakistan’s parliament on Sunday morning, ahead of a vote that almost certainly would have removed him from office, reads to many like the desperate actions of a prime minister who will try to hold on to power at any cost.

While his repeated allegations of a “foreign conspiracy” and pressure from the US being behind the no-confidence vote has played well to his diehard supporters, most of whom are vehemently opposed to the west, it is still a very risky move for Khan.

He has lost almost all of his powerful allies and cuts an increasingly isolated figure in Pakistani politics. Khan’s former ally, the powerful army military establishment – who like to maintain a facade of having little to do with politics in Pakistan despite wielding vast influence – took the unusual step of clearly stating they had nothing to do with his decision and even criticised the unilateral dissolution of parliament.