Pakistan’s Top Court Rules Blocking of No-Confidence Vote Against Prime Minister Imran Khan was Unconstitutional

Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled that the decision to block a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Imran Khan was unconstitutional.

Pakistan’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that Khan violated the law when he instructed House Deputy Speaker Wasim Khan Suri, a close ally, to suspend the vote, which was widely expected to oust him.

The vote is now set to take place on April 9 at 10:30 a.m. local time, which means that Khan could face removal from office this weekend.

The Supreme Court also ruled that Khan’s decision to dissolve the parliament was invalid and that his call for a snap election after the attempt to block the vote was of “no legal effect.”

“This is a landmark and historic judgment and it would help to uphold the rule of law. It will have far-reaching impacts on Pakistan and the democratic setup, as the speaker had violated the constitution of Pakistan,” Raza Rabbani, an opposition senator and lawyer, said, as quoted by The Guardian.

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, Khan announced on Twitter that he called for a cabinet meeting and that he would address the nation.

“My message to our nation is I have always and will continue to fight for Pakistan till the last ball,” Khan said.

Last April 3, Suri blocked the vote of no-confidence on the basis of “foreign interference” from the West to unseat Khan.

Khan has already lost the support of key political allies and the military.

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