On the eve of a contentious no-confidence vote that looks set to result in his dismissal, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan delivered a speech late Friday evening. Mr Khan reiterated the foreign hand claim, saying that no superpower can dictate terms to India.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has praised India as “Khuddar Quam” (extremely self-respecting people), saying that no superpower can prescribe terms to the neighbouring country, despite the fact that both New Delhi and Islamabad have a strained relationship.
“Indians have a khuddar quam mentality (very self-respecting people). No superpower can impose its will on India “On the eve of a contentious no-confidence vote that looks set to result in his dismissal, he declared during his national speech on Friday.
“I’m disappointed that we don’t have a good relationship only because of RSS philosophy and what is done with Kashmir,” he continued.
Imran Khan raised the foreign hand claim once more, saying that while India and Pakistan gained independence together, Islamabad is treated like tissue paper and tossed away by international powers.
When a crucial coalition partner stated its seven legislators would vote with the opposition, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party effectively lost the majority in the assembly earlier this month. More than a dozen members of the ruling party have already signalled that they will vote against the bill.
Fawad Chaudhry, a federal minister in Pakistan, stated on Saturday that the vote on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government’s no-confidence motion could be postponed until next week. After meeting for the key session during which the Imran Khan administration would face a no-confidence vote, the Pakistan national parliament was deferred for one and a half hours.
When the House gathered, Pakistan’s Prime Minister was not present. Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the head of Pakistan’s opposition, slammed Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday for lavishing praise on India, suggesting he should visit the neighbouring nation if he likes it so much.
Vice President Maryam of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the daughter of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, made the statements after Khan referred to India as a “country with a great sense of honour.”
Prime Minister Khan said he was not against India and had a large following in the neighbouring country in an address to the nation on Friday night, ahead of the no-trust motion, which he has little chance of surviving unless a miracle occurs.
The National Assembly’s important session, in which a no-confidence resolution against embattled Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan might be voted on, was extended till 9.30 p.m. on Saturday, just after it resumed after the Iftar break.
Multiple adjournments and heated discussions marred the key session of Pakistan’s Parliament, which convened on Saturday in response to a major Supreme Court judgement to decide the fate of embattled Prime Minister Imran Khan, but the voting on a no-confidence motion against him appeared to be a distant possibility before the end of the day.